KNOXVILLE

Three teams within Midlothian ISD competed in the global finals for Destination ImagInation in Knoxville, Tennessee last week. Each team finished in the top 20 with one group snagging first place.

This year was the first for the district to have multiple teams advance to the global competition, where teams from 19 countries and 45 states competed in a range of creative, problem-solving competitions.

“Additionally, MISD is one of a few districts across Texas to send multiple teams,” states a MISD press release.

“It was great to see how supportive all the teams were of each other. None of them were competing against each other, and they were all in different challenges,” Destination ImagInation district coordinator Kim Moss said.

The Broadway Burritos from McClatchey Elementary bested 79 other teams from around the globe to place first in the Fine Arts category.

The group consists of Pearson Urquhart, Brady Rogers, Eva Jacobsen, Jenna Jacobsen, Chloe Turk, Ainsley Erhsam, and Georli Vaughn.

Also, DI-Nomyte DINOS from Miller Elementary showed they had what it took to make it to the top ten for a second-straight year.

The team placed seventh place in the Service Learning Challenge, in which they shared how their team was able to make an impact inside their school by raising money for a Buddy Bench.

The team consists of Silas Moss, Clark Roberts, Kaleigh Chase, Sophie Tollefsbol, Ada Ballard, and Caden Haught.

The Pickle Unicorns were the third MISD team to place in the top 20 of the Destination Imagination global competition, finishing 19th.

The judges were impressed with their creative solution to the Improvisational Challenge which tackled topics like the history of exploration and tested their ability to think on their toes.

The team consists of Julia Wiginton, Haley Hamilton Allegra Maggiora, Tate Newman, Emmy Guynes, Marina Espinoza, and Jordan Billington. In all, 84 teams competed in this challenging category.

“We had some kids who weren’t just quite friends, maybe knew of each other were able to come together and really be Midlothian DI,” Moss expressed.

The teams and families thank the team managers Zach Urquhart, Katie Bergvall, Casey Ballard, Moss, Casey Nelson, and Sidney Maggiora for volunteering to lead them on this creative journey. They also thanked the MISD Board of Trustees, MISD administration, district employees, teachers, PTO, friends, and families for their support.