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The Destination Imagination team from Daly Elementary School took first at the state competition at the University of Montana, Western, in Dillon on March 25. They will compete at the global tournament in Tennessee, May 24-27.

Daly's Destination Imagination team, comprised of five fourth and fifth grade students, was coached by DI team managers Birch and Angie Fett.

Destination Imagination is a volunteer-led, educational non-profit organization that teaches 21st century skills and Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) principles through creative and collaborative problem-solving challenges. 

“Each challenge is open-ended and enables students to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation while fostering their creativity, courage and curiosity,” Angie Fett said. “While attending the state tournament, Daly's team represented their school in a positive manner and earned the first place award for their age group.”

Team members Taylor Bratvold, Eleri Wheat and Elli Harmon are in fourth grade and Keana Patman and Gwen Wolfe are in fifth grade.

The team competed in the “Vanished!” visual arts challenge against Bozeman, Livingston and Darby. 

The challenge was that the team had to create a skit to show what would happen if a color disappeared. They also had to compose and perform a song, build a three-sided set and participate in a timed “Instant Challenge.”

The Daly Destination Imagination team called “The Rainbow Girls” selected purple for the color to disappear and researched the color’s connection with royalty, creativity, magic and grandeur.

Team members developed a skit about a royal family in which the color purple disappeared then worked together to get the color purple back.

On Monday, team members and Angie Fett shared their experiences.

“We were really happy and excited to [qualify to] go to ‘Globals’ because we worked really hard,” Wolfe said.

“Some of us started crying because we were so happy and excited to go to ‘Globals,’” Bratvold said.

“We were really happy because last year we won too but we didn’t have enough money to go to the global competition but this year we have some money to start off with and we are really excited about that,” Wheat said. 

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Patman said it is a team competition and bonding.

“We are so happy and cheerful to go to Tennessee because none of us have gone there and it would be fun to experience it with our friends,” she said.

Harmon said she was just “freaking out” with excitement and happiness that they get to go.

The Daly Destination Imagination team will compete against 1,400 teams at the Global tournament. The tournament is Wednesday – Saturday but the Daly team won’t know what days they compete until other states hold their state competitions. The Global competition of Destination Imagination has 17,000 attendees from 45 states and 14 countries.

“We will be working on improving our instant challenge skills and adding some of the little changes to their skit and set,” Fett said. “We are proud of the work they already put in but of course we’ll work on little improvements along the way and fundraising is our big goal right now.”

Each team member needs $1,800 to cover travel and expenses.

One of the fundraisers is a "Pie for a Year" raffle and the winner would win a pie for each month of an entire year.

“The kids will be selling raffle tickets to friends, family and around town in the next couple of weeks,” Fett said. “I will make sure tickets are available at the Daly office if anyone is interested in purchasing raffle tickets. The drawing will be concluded at the beginning of May and the winner will be notified.”

For more information contact Daly Elementary School at 363-2122 or contact Angie Fett at fetta@hsd3.org

According to the DI website the goal is to “inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.”

“We develop project-based learning programs that blend STEM education with the arts and social entrepreneurship,” the website said. “Through our programs, students use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality and learn invaluable skills through the process including: creative & critical thinking, team building, problem solving, risk taking, project management, perseverance and self-confidence.”

For more information, visit online destinationimagination.org.

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