Millersport Junior High School’s first ever Destination Imagination team competed in the Global Finals Tournament in May in Knoxville, Tennessee. This year’s tournament was the largest Global Finals in history, with more than 1200 of the world’s highest scoring teams attending. The Millersport team competed in the Project Outreach: The World Canvas challenge requiring the team to use their creative problem-solving skills to identify and select one real community need. The next step was to design and carry out a project to address the identified need. Teams were judged by a panel of appraisers who evaluated the team’s advertisement, marketing brochure and live presentation. For the competition, the group built a greenhouse for the Little Blessings Preschool in Millersport. The preschool administrator, Chanie Lee, met with the students to identify what the preschool needed. The greenhouse appealed to the team because it would allow preschool students to study plants year round. Now the greenhouse will be used by approximately 40 preschool students annually. The Millersport Destination Imagination team finished the tournament ranked 18th out of 50 teams, tying with Rio de Janiero. They competed against teams from all over the world, including Singapore, Colombia, Turkey, and Korea. The team was managed by Millersport teacher Lori Dupler. Members thank the team’s financial sponsors for allowing them to compete. Above, from left to right, are team members Paul Sherrer, Nick Fry, Olivia Osborn, Genna Heileman, Morgan Murphy, and Ammon Keller. Courtesy photo.
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