Students use imaginations to compete in tournament

March 06, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

WILLIAMSPORT - "Strange News Reports" lived up to its name Saturday morning when members of an Emma K. Doub Elementary School Destination Imagination team brought Elvis back from the dead - to vocally battle a spoof of Britney Spears.

Of course, dead Elvis beat Bitney Stears.

The Doub team won a loud ovation, whistles, shouts of them being "awesome" and first place.

More than 350 students on 51 teams from Washington, Frederick, Garrett and Carroll counties competed Saturday at Williamsport High School in the Western Maryland Regional Destination Imagination Tournament, said Dan Henderson, regional tournament director. There were no teams from Allegany County this year.

Elementary school teams that placed first or second and middle and high school teams that placed first through fourth will go to the state competition at Towson University on April 9, Henderson said.


Teams that finish first or second at states go on to the global finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May, he said.

One of the problem-solving challenges was "Live! It's RaDIo DI!" in which students had to perform a radio broadcast with live sound elements and a commercial break that makes an outrageous claim.

The Maugansville Elementary School team's radio show included telling a story about an evil professor who made a mattress with a special spring that turns people into animals, team manager Mary House said.

Their performance, which earned second place, also included a song and dance, and jokes.

"My dad drives like lightning," team member Cory Caudell said.

"You mean he drives fast?" teammate Matt Toth asked.

"No. He hits trees," Caudell replied.

Other Maugansville team members were Emma Gist, Rachel House and Jillian Reid, according to the program.

Bester Elementary School's team performed a skit in which someone had stolen the state "seal."

Ten-year-old Michaela Boyle, portraying Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, said, "Why do I always have to feed the seal. I'm the lieutenant governor, not the seal sitter."

Other Bester team members were Chiara Banca, Dominik Hamlin, Chevelle Horchner, Olivia LaGuerre, Austin Marston and Beatrice Rolea, according to the program.

The Doub team's commercial break had 9-year-olds David Harper and Tatum True hawk an invention called the "teacher vac" for $19.99 plus shipping and handling.

Holding a vacuum hose, the duo said, "Teacher vac, teacher vac. Up goes the bad teacher and down goes the good teacher."

Other Doub team members were Mikayla Berry, Ben Cornwell, Kacey Keith, Peter Lang and Troy McGee, according to the event program.

The radio show presentations involved lots of visual effects such as costumes and sets.

For years, teams have provided visuals such as scenery for the radio performance, said Liz Wohner, a state-level affiliate challenge master from Cecil County, Md.

Many teams didn't grasp that the center of the challenge was an audio performance, Wohner said. However, the scenery can be scored as a "side trip" or bonus points, she said.

Destination Imagination results

The following teams won honors at Saturday's Western Maryland Regional Destination Imagination Tournament at Williamsport High School.

DIzzy Derby

Elementary teams

First place - Paramount Elementary School Team No. 2 (Annie Beachley, Samantha Beard, Morgan Grunberg, Hannah Itell, Ashleigh McCoy, Stephanie Milani and Kate Zeber)

Second place - Winfield Elementary School (Richard Alexander, Mary Davis, Elise Eisinger, Alexandra Lilly, Kelli Rubin, Joshua Turskey and Zellie Wothers)

Intermediate teams

First place - Walkersville Middle School (Jared Auwarter, Tyler Britt, Colin Hartman, Nick Hobbs, Cody Stevens and Shawn Wood)

Second place - Windsor Knolls Middle School (Nicholas Aellen, Peter Jackson, Katy Juliano, Ian McDonala, Chris Steinheimer, Kevin Smith and Nicholas Smith)

Third place - New Market Middle School Team No. 3 (Matthew Clusman, Eva Creswell, Thomas Fisher, Daniel French, Katherine Hunley, Ben Shumate and Chris Ward)

Fourth place - Northern Middle School Team No. 3 (Christine Brugh, Devin Cornish, Andrew Farnen, Jennifer Harman and Elizabeth Kramer)

Secondary teams

First place - Smithsburg High School (Kathy Brady, Jason Cross, Bobby Jones, Mollie Meadows, Abe Nehemias and Elly Popper)

Sudden SerenDIpity

Elementary teams

First place - Hickory Elementary School (Karly Branigan-Coleman, Teela Brown, Hanna Davis, Madison Depew, Abeera Hussain, John McBee and Andrea Nunnally

Second place - Lincolnshire Elementary School (Emily Barr, Brandi Hambleton, Lindsey Hout, Yumi Redifer, Tristen Sagal, Adam Stewart and Alyssa Wisner)

Intermediate teams

First place - St. Mary's Catholic School Team No. 3 (Alexandra Bartha, Tanner Beal, Marie Espiridion, Caroline Rosenthal, Michael Rosenthal, Michael Stahl and Jessica Stein)

Live! It's RaDIo DI!

Elementary teams

First place - Emma K. Doub Elementary School (Mikayla Berry, Ben Cornwell, David Harper, Kacey Keith, Peter Lang, Troy McGee and Tatum True)

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