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Bossier students return from DI

Sonja Bailes

Special to the Press-Tribune


More than 60 Bossier Parish students, representing 15 Destination ImagiNation teams, packed their bags and headed to Knoxville, Tennessee, when the school year ended to compete at Global Finals. As the name implies, Bossier students vied for top honors among their peers from all parts of the world.

Joan Turek, DI Coordinator for Bossier Schools, said “This international competition is unbelievably challenging and we were extremely proud of our teams’ performances.” She added, “One of the greatest things about participating at the international level is the education and appreciation of other ideas and cultures that our students experience. Global Finals gives students the chance to meet, watch and learn from other creative, innovative students from around the world, and helps them recognize the importance of collaboration in the national and international community.”

The premise of Destination ImagiNation is to encourage teamwork, creative problem-solving and honing those skills. Posed with five various challenges during the competition, students take innovative approaches to come up with solutions. Whether it is a team challenge in theater arts, structural and architectural design or technical/mechanical challenges, kids apply what they have learned by working together and pushing the limits of their imagination.

Parkway’s DI Community Service Team received many accolades for its service project, called the “Wishing Well.” Team members sought input from different organizations about ways they could help. The DI team then granted a total of 10 wishes over the school year.

Some of those wishes included raising money and collecting supplies for the Providence House; raising community awareness for the Gingerbread House; holding a “Reaching Out Day” at Parkway to help encourage students to make new friends; and working with children at the Shared Harvest Community Kitchen that came for the evening meal. In turn, Parkway placed 26th for the Community Service Challenge; an impressive finish, given the large number of teams competing.

Other top rankings included Airline High School, 25th place for Technical Challenge. Airline’s team tied with one from Beijing, China. Stockwell Place Elementary placed 26th in Improvisation Challenge. Cope Middle School came in 29th place for Theatre Challenge; and Parkway garnered 31st place in the Science Challenge category.

In the Technical Challenge competition, Curtis Elementary placed 46th in Elementary Global Ranking and Elm Grove Middle tied for 46th in Middle School Global Ranking.

In Scientific Challenge, placed 47th in the Middle School Global Ranking; Parkway tied for 44th place in the Theatre Challenge, High School Global Ranking; Cope Middle came in 37th in Improvisation Challenge, Middle School Global Ranking; Elm Grove Middle, 49th place in Improvisation Challenge; and Parkway High School, 37th place in Improvisation Challenge.

In the Structure Challenge, Elm Grove Middle tied for 37th in the Middle School Global Ranking and Haughton High placed 39th in the High School Global Ranking. Finally, Cope Middle’s DI team placed 31st in the Middle School Global Ranking for its Community Service Challenge: Project Outreach Real to Reel Challenge.

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