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Frederick County students advance in Destination Imagination

March 15, 2004

FREDERICK, Md. - Seventeen student teams from Frederick County competed in Destination Imagination regional competitions in Washington County March 6. Seven teams placed first, and 11 qualified for the state-level tournament at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on Saturday, April 17.

Destination Imagination is an annual worldwide, creative problem-solving competition. Students are judged by how well they use improvisational skills in instant challenge problems and by how well teams have prepared for the long-term challenges they compete in. This year's competition topics were "The Plot and the Pendulum," "Cartoon Dimensions," "Upbeat Improv," "GuessDimate" and "Destinations in Time."

Local first-place teams came from Whittier Elementary School, Oakdale and Walkersville middle schools and Frederick, Urbana and Walkersville high schools. Another middle school team, The Mighty Maggots was not affiliated with a particular school.

First-place team members are:

  • Whittier Elementary School -Ryan Burns, Gabriella Caluca, Cassie Motok, David Motok, Luke Nealley, Knashka Underwood and Mikayla Vonner.

  • Oakdale Middle School - Alexis Carpenter, Nathan Elbert, Michelle Gaines, Troy Kent, Tatiana Isaak, Lydia Landan and Jeff Thompson.

  • Walkersville Middle School - Jared Auwarter, Kevin Britt, Colin Hartman, Nick Hobbs, Max Knowles, Cody Stevens and Shaun Wood.

  • The Mighty Maggots - Megan Mohadjer Beromi, Tim Darby, Michelle Oswald, Jesse Passman and Kirsten Thomas.

  • Frederick High School - Alex Brown, Ben Brown, Keith Buzby, Emily Ginsberg, Alex Lenzi and Amy Wolfsheimer.

  • Urbana High School - CJ Carey, Peter Fisher, Meaghan Holahan, Daniel Huggins, Joselle McCracken and William Mohadjer-Beromi.

  • Walkersville High School - Jenna Auwarter, Ian Hartman, Zack Knowles, Richard Koogle and Megan Wood.


Second-place winning teams are Tuscarora High School, Monocacy Valley Montessori and Whittier Elementary School. Also moving on to state competition is the New Market Middle team, which took third place.

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