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Local Destination Imagination teams will compete in Global Finals

Berlin and Gorham Destination Imagination teams will be competing in the Global Finals in May. Pictured here is the Berlin High School team, the "Mon-Keys." (From left to Right) Brie Bergeron, Kelsey Alimandi, Alexis Griffin, Aiden Wood, Julia Belanger, Joshua Berthiaume, and coaches Guy Stever and David Griffin. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
April 16, 2018
REGION The Berlin High School and Gorham Ed Fenn Elementary School Destination Imagination teams advanced to the Global Finals and will compete in May with teams from 45 countries and 14 states. There are 1,400 teams attending according to the Web site.

After months of hard work, building creativity, collaboration and problem-solving skills, 39 New Hampshire school teams will be heading to the world's largest celebration and competition of creativity, Destination Imagination Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in May. On Saturday, April 7, teams competed in science, technology, engineering, arts, math, science and service learning-based challenges at the New Hampshire Destination Imagination State Finals at Bedford High School.

Nearly 300 New Hampshire academic teams started forming in the fall, with competitions starting last month. In all, more than 1,800 Granite States students participate and over 150,000 students in 48 states and countries as well. Top scoring teams from each challenge and age level will meet to compete at Global Finals in May. In all, New Hampshire teams will be among 8,000 competitors at the Global event held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Team managers for Berlin are Guy Stever and David Griffin who are retired teachers at Berlin High School.

The Berlin team came in first place in the regional competition in Meredith and placed second in the state competition.

"My team is a secondary level team that competed in the science challenge 'Unlikely Location,'" said Griffin. "They needed to create and perform an 8 minute skit in which an amusement part attraction got placed in a strange location. They chose a fun house in a Chinese temple. This skit included monks, a monkey king and a dragon. They had to show how scientific principles were used in the funhouse. This is the second year that they have earned an invitation."

Team members are Aiden Wood, Brie Bergeron, Kelsey Alimandi, Julia Belanger, Alexis Griffin, Joshua Berthiaume.

The team will be performing their skit for the school board on Thursday.

There are several fundraisers set up to fund the trip to the finals competition including

Red Sox/Yankee ticket raffle, Krispy Kreme doughnuts for sale and a spaghetti dinner among others.

"I'm very proud of the hard work that they continue to do, not only to present an excellent solution to the challenge, but to help raise funds for their trip to Knoxville," district coordinator Shannon Wydra. "This team is amazing, and their creativity never ceases to amaze me."

The Gorham Ed Fenn team also chose the scientific challenge "Unlikely Attraction." They placed second in the state finals.

"I am very proud of this team of six fifth graders," said Wydra. "They are extremely dedicated and have worked hard on the scientific challenge since October."

In their skit, the Queen Fairy shrinks and sends the Orc Squad into a fairy's ear on a quest to determine why fairies are getting sick and dying. Once in the ear, the orcs discover that the fairy tip has been broken by a troublesome gnome that enjoys eating earwax. The fairy tip is a giant q-tip that serves as the team's attraction and works using the scientific concepts of angular momentum, potential, and kinetic energy.

"We are so excited to be heading to the University of Tennessee for Global Finals and are so thankful for our community's tremendous support," said Wydra.

Gorham team members are Gavin Corrigan, Abram Wydra, Ayden Corrigan, Addison Eastman and Chaise Wade.

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