Smithsburg Middle School team takes 4th place at Destination ImagiNation state event

April 22, 2012
  • From left, Quinn Wandalowski, Megan Black, Katie Gertz, Mary Miller, Grace Miller and Jade Lee.
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Smithsburg Middle School’s Dumbledore’s Army placed fourth out of 17 teams for the middle school level “Hold It” challenge at the 2012 Destination ImagiNation State Tournament on  April 14 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus.

The team consisted of students Megan Black, Katie Gertz, Jade Lee, Grace Miller, Mary Miller and Quinn Wandalowski.

The team’s project focused on a structural challenge that involved designing and building a structure made of wood and glue that held weight and contained golf balls, and a delivery device to deposit the golf balls into the structure.

The structure sustained 615 pounds and delivered the golf balls through a dragon that coughed up dragon egg golf balls.

The devices were integrated into a play about a “captivator” seeking dragon berries for his cookbook.

The team competed at the regional level in March at South Hagerstown High School and was one of four teams from the Western Maryland region to advance to the state tournament at their level in the “Hold It” challenge.

The top two winning teams advance to Global Finals in Tennessee in May.

“I cannot express how proud I am of these girls. They were kind to one another, polite to others and sportsmanlike all day at the tournament,”  said team manager Sara Miller.

Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem-solving program for kindergarten through college-aged learners in 50 states and more than 40 countries. Each year, nearly 500 Maryland teams, totaling more than 3,500 students compete throughout the state.

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