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Old Forge DI teams do well

Two teams finish in top six at state tournament in Towson

Two teams finish in top six at state tournament in Towson

May 04, 2009

The two Destination Imagination teams from Old Forge Elementary School finished in the top six of all participating teams at the State DI Tournament at Towson (Md.) University on April 18.

The EleMechanix team placed third in the "Operation Cooperation" challenge, and the Woodchuckers squad placed sixth in the "A New Angle" challenge.

EleMechanix team members are Megan Black (fourth grade), Seth Garnand (fifth frade), Tyler Linn (fifth grade), Mari Mullane (fifth grade), Samantha Pryor (fourth grade), Spencer Rubino (fourth grade) and Nick Shirey (fourth grade). Team managers are music teacher Melody Wilson, and parents Dan and Andrea Garnard.

The Woodchuckers are comprised of Marisa Carson (fifth grade), Zach Garvey (fifth grade), Josh Geblein (fifth grade), Sydney Davis (fourth grade), Aaron Johnson (fourth grade), Julie Thomas (fourth grade) and Quinn Wandalowski (fourth grade). The team is managed by enrichment teacher Emily Cilley and parent Jean Thomas.

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Destination Imagination is a community-based, nonprofit, volunteer-driven educational organization that teaches students from kindergarten through university level the critical and creative-thinking skills needed for success in the 21st century. DI competition involves creative, spontaneous problem solving and teamwork.

"We are very proud of these students for performing so well under extreme pressure at a state competition. I think they surprised themselves a bit, but their preparation, talent and creativity won the day," Wilson said.

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