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Three Mitchell Destination Imagination teams advance to state tournament

Three Mitchell Destination Imagination teams will advance to the state tournament after a strong showing at regionals. The GBR Improvers, Quick Wits and Greatness Already Reached competed March 19 at the Southeast South Dakota Regional Destinatio...

Destination Imagination team members include, back row from left, Brayce Howlett, Brock Norton, Iris Anderson, Aidan Sinkie, Noah Malde, Mason Herman, Hunter Heiman, Joey Gebel, Autumn Lentz and Sidney Malde. Students pictured front row, from left: Lyndsie Stearns, Claire Hegg and Hazel Mebius. (Photo courtesy of Brett Flemmer)
Destination Imagination team members include, back row from left, Brayce Howlett, Brock Norton, Iris Anderson, Aidan Sinkie, Noah Malde, Mason Herman, Hunter Heiman, Joey Gebel, Autumn Lentz and Sidney Malde. Students pictured front row, from left: Lyndsie Stearns, Claire Hegg and Hazel Mebius. (Photo courtesy of Brett Flemmer)

Three Mitchell Destination Imagination teams will advance to the state tournament after a strong showing at regionals.

The GBR Improvers, Quick Wits and Greatness Already Reached competed March 19 at the Southeast South Dakota Regional Destination Imagination Tournament. The GBR Improvers (the elementary improvisational team) took first place during regionals, and the Quick Wits (the middle level improvisational team) took second place. Greatness Already Reached, a middle level team, won first place at the regional contest in the structural challenge.

"With the amazing support of the Mitchell School District and devoted parents, we were extremely successful at all levels in the regional tournament," District Coordinator Brett Flemmer told The Daily Republic.

Destination Imagination, according to its website, is "a volunteer-led nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders."

It's the second year Mitchell School District teams have competed in Destination Imagination, which started last year at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary. District Coordinator Brett Flemmer said after students' strong showing in their first year-both teams placed in the top 10 in the Global Finals-there was enough interest to start a third team this year.

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"With last year's success ... we have continued to build on that momentum this year," Flemmer said.

Flemmer, who is also team manager of Greatness Already Reached, said this year's structural challenge, "Musical Mashup," combines students' architectural and musical prowess in a timed contest.

To solve the challenge, Flemmer said the team must design and build a structure made entirely and only from monofilament fishing line, paper, plastic drinking straws, plastic toothpicks, string, waxed paper, wire and wood. The team must first play the structure as a musical instrument, then test its strength by placing weights on it. Greatness Already Reached team members this year are Iris Anderson, Brock Norton, Brayce Howlett, Claire Hegg and Lyndsie Stearns.

Alyssa Herman, team manager for the GBR Improvers and the Quick Wits, said this year's improv challenge is called "Close Encounters," and gives teams 3 minutes to prepare a 4-minute presentation for the judges. Herman said the teams have different improv elements to combine into the performance, like props, as well as space restrictions. Herman said both of her teams are made up of students who were in the program last year, but some moved up to middle school, so they have to compete at a higher level.

Members of the Quick Wits are Noah Malde, Sidney Malde, Joe Gebel and Hazel Mebius. Members of the GBR Improvers are Autumn Lentz, Aidan Sinkie, Mason Herman and Hunter Heiman. The two teams didn't compete against each other since they competed at different levels, Herman said. All three teams also must perform an instant challenge during the competition.

All three teams advance to the state tournament, which is on Saturday at the Mitchell High School.

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