Saturday, March 6, Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams from Lake Country Academy (LCA) traveled to New Holstein Middle School to compete in the regional tournament. DI participants prepare all year for this competition. After the competition concluded, the LCA students learned that four teams earned a spot in the state competition. Destination ImagiNation's state competition will be held in Steven's Point on April 17th.
The Cre8tors competed in the ‘You're Gonna Flip!' category. Their response to the challenge was a performance detailing the events that led a dollhouse janitor to become the star of the show. All the characters were toys and the team constructed their set to look like a dollhouse. The Cre8tors worked hard preparing for this performance. They often worked on both Saturdays and Sundays at Coach Sony Maier's house. The team wrote original songs, made their costumes and set, and spent a lot of time learning to work together as a team. Immediately after the Instant Challenge, Cre8tor team member Augie Rice commented, "We all worked as a team. There was no fighting, we did really well." Cre8tors Instant Challenge Coach Sadhna Murthy was pleased to report that the Cre8tors earned 100 points on their Instant Challenge, a perfect score. The Cre8tors took first place overall in their category out of a field of 11 and can't wait for the state competition.
LCA teams I Feel Bad for the Guy (IFBFTG) and The Chimichangas competed in the ‘Do or DI' category. The Chimichangas competed at the elementary level and IFBFTG at the middle school level. This challenge required team members to utilize improvisational skills as they were informed of key components of their challenge only seven minutes before they were on stage. Both teams took second place in their categories and a result will also be moving on to compete at State.
LCA sent two Rising Stars teams to regionals, the Star Charmers and Team Blue. At this level (4K-2nd grade), teams are just learning about Destination ImagiNation. They attend the regional competition to demonstrate their abilities, not to compete. Coaches are able to help team members during their performances as needed. Each of LCA's Rising Stars team members were very comfortable performing in front of a large group. The Star Charmers did not utilize the assistance of head coach Hema Acharya and were singularly selected to show their stuff again at State!