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Ponderosa Middle School Places 3rd in the World’s Largest Celebration of Creativity!

Destination Imagination (DI) is a project-based learning experience open to students from kindergarten through college.

Students can apply their creative processes in seven challenge areas: technology, science, engineering, fine arts, improvisation, service learning and early learning. 

A Ponderosa Middle School team that included Alexis Dahm, Alana Smith, Kate Rodriguez, Scott Neupert, Juan Perez and Matthew Depuis competed earlier this year.

They placed first at both the regional and state competitions, beating the three-time state champs, which earned them a trip to represent Oregon at Global Finals in Tennessee.

Accompanied by their coaches Bill Paterson, Stephanie Dahm and parents, the team stayed on the University of Tennessee campus. They met students from around the U.S. and the world, traded pins, participated in enrichment activities, watched others perform and spent time performing.

The Ponderosa DI team “#We Lost the Box” competed in the category of “3-peat”.

In this category, the teams must complete three independent improvisational sketches, each containing four elements with three minutes to prep, plan and perform. Their hard work and dedication paid off with a third-place finish, out of over eighty teams.

 

Currently, there is a need for more team managers so that more students can participate. Practice usually begins in January, but the District manager, Bill Patterson, is hoping to begin earlier this season. Family members of DI participants sing the praises of this program and of the District Manager, Bill Patterson.

One team parent said that “Bill was instrumental in helping all of us, kids and parents, experience the fullness of DI. He is a leader you can’t help but follow.”

The family quotes all touched on the fact that DI builds self-confidence and the ability to work as a team with peers; they use their imaginations and have to think on their feet. They all feel their children have grown as individuals and are now more responsible and accountable.

Congratulations to the Ponderosa DI team and a job well done to the District!

Manager and the team managers for helping the children in our community be the best that they can be. For more information on how to get involved and volunteer please contact Stephanie Dahm at dahms@kfalls.k12.or.us. Bill and Stephanie will be working to find coordinators for each school who can get teams started. They will be having informational meetings at each school as soon as they can find coordinators to spread the word and start building teams.

“This is an amazing program and we are excited to see more students get the opportunity to participate,” said Stephanie.

By Janine Henry

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