June 10, 2017
The Tech Kids from Hamilton Elementary School were the only elementary team from Texas to march in the opening ceremony Parade of Teams at the Destination Imagination Global Finals in May in Knoxville, Tenn. Pictured, from left, are Hamilton students Ella Samuel, Julie Hawkes, Jack Hunt and Parker Lowry.
June 10, 2017—Two Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Destination Imagination (DI) teams traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in the Global Finals tournament during the week of May 22. The teams, representing Gleason and Hamilton elementary schools, demonstrated their creativity and problem-solving talents during the competition held at the University of Tennessee.
Global Finals was the culminating event for the 2016-2017 competition year. Each May, more than 8,000 of the world’s most innovative students compete in teams to showcase their Challenge solutions in the international competition while celebrating their creativity and having fun.
The DI Legends team from Gleason Elementary School represented CFISD in the Scientific Challenge at the DI Global Finals in May in Knoxville, Tenn.
A total of 1,470 teams representing 17 countries from around the globe came together for the event. Throughout the week, teams competed twice: once in an Instant Challenge and a second time in their main challenge. In addition to competition, students traded DI pins and made friends with others from other states and the world, attended a Duct Tape Ball and honed their creativity skills when they participated in a variety of workshops and fun-filled activities.
The Tech Kids, a fifth-grade team from Hamilton Elementary School, competed in the Technical Challenge. Team members were Julie Hawkes, Jack Hunt, Parker Lowry and Ella Samuels. The team represented not only CFISD but the state of Texas, because the Tech Kids were selected by DI officials to participate in the opening ceremony Parade of Teams. The Tech Kids’ faces glowed with immense pride and marvel at the enormity of the ceremony.
The Tech Kids from Hamilton Elementary participate in the Technical Challenge at the DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May.
Representing Gleason Elementary, the fifth-grade DI Legends team—comprised of Alexia Argueta, Landon Bargainer, Jacob Lucia, Jaxon Lucia, Anna Katherine Selinidis, Camden Slate and Tammie Thai—competed in the Scientific Challenge, which they have prepared and rehearsed for since October 2016.
“Since Texas was, and always is, the largest contingency at the tournament, no one is prouder of our local Texas teams who proudly and successfully represented CFISD than the two team managers, Troy Hawkes of the Tech Kids and Kristah Slate of the DI Legends,” said Stephanie Plant, CFISD advanced academics curriculum coach. “And now it’s time to start thinking about next year’s challenges.”
The DI Legends team from Gleason Elementary thanks its sponsors that allowed it to travel to the DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May.