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County's Destination Imagination event held

November 30, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

There was a little fidgeting as the Dynamic Imagineers got ready to take the stage Saturday for the regional tournament of Destination Imagination at the Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts and Technology.

"We have been practicing since September," said Leah Harrell, team member and a student at Clear Spring Middle School.

All of that practice paid off as the Dynamic Imagineers won their category and will advance to the state competition April 21 at Towson State University.

If that hurdle is cleared, it's on to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in late May for the Destination Imagination Global Finals.

Other Dynamic Imagineers include Kerry Caraballo and Daniel Hockensmith, both students at E. Russell Hicks Middle School.

David Harper and Rajon Imes attend Springfield Middle School, while Tatum True is a student at Hancock Middle/Senior High School.

Their team put on a play about a doctor who accidentally discovered a cure for attention deficit disorder while he actually was trying to eradicate cancer.

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The rules for their category included that it must be a heroic adventure and that the hero must overcome a personal challenge in his quest. The theme had to be achieved on a tight timeline and with a minimum of props.

Harrell said some of the team members volunteered when previous members moved away. Others were chosen, and all were coached by Rhonda Harrell, Sharon Hockensmith, Sandy Harper and Terri True.

As if their excitement wasn't high enough when they took first place honors Saturday afternoon, the Dynamic Imagineers also won the creative hat contest.

Each team member wore a blue hat that fit into six holes in a larger decorated hat under which they all could fit. The trick was to make it across the basketball court without tripping over each other.

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