17 Wicomico Destination Imagination (DI) Teams Advance to State Tournament
In Fun and Challenging Eastern Region DI Tournament, 17 of 40 Teams Qualify for State
Posted on 03/23/2015

Wicomico County Destination Imagination teams performed well at the Eastern Region DI Tournament at Salisbury Middle School on Sat., March 21, with 17 of Wicomico’s 34 competition teams qualifying to compete at the Maryland State DI Tournament on Sat., April 18 at University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Catonsville.

The following teams advanced to the Maryland DI State Tournament:

1st place

Pemberton Elementary                      Mega Master Minds

North Salisbury School                        Feary Flames

Westside Intermediate                       Funky Monkeys

Bennett Middle School                       Improv Waves

Bennett Middle School                       Daydreamerz

Salisbury Middle School                      Thunder Thinkers

Wicomico Middle School                    Glazed and Confused

Wicomico Middle School                    Uncommon DInominators

Parkside High School                          inDIcisive


2nd place

North Salisbury School                        SiFi Super Stars

North Salisbury School                        Ninja Fishies

Westside Intermediate                       Sassy Sisters

Bennett Middle School                       Imaginators

Bennett Middle School                       Primetime DI Funguys

Salisbury Middle                                 DI-scoverers

James M. Bennett High School           Not You


3rd place

Wicomico Middle School                    EverDIne


Tournament results are posted online at http://www.marylanddi.org/regions/eastern/. Scroll down to Documents and click on the Eastern Tournament 2015 results attachment.

Earning a special award at the Eastern Region Tournament was the North Salisbury School Legendary Llamas DI team. The team earned the Spirit of DI Award for Exceptional Spirit, Teamwork, Volunteerism and Sportsmanship.

DI transcends race, gender, and ethnic boundaries to encourage cooperation and productive problem solving in all children. DI is not so much a program as a process. DI has helped teams learn what we must all learn in life:

  • to work cooperatively in teams
  • to push the limit of their imaginations
  • to learn new skills and creative problem solving tools

This program is a source of pride for our school system, made possible because of the continued support of instructional leaders and facilitators in each school. School facilitators support students in school DI clubs as well as tournament teams and their parent Team Managers. These school facilitators are a key part of the DI success story for Wicomico County Public Schools, said Susan Bounds, DI coordinator.

A total of 40 teams from Wicomico Schools participated in the tournament, including six Rising Stars teams from primary grades. (Rising Stars teams present their challenge solutions for feedback but not a score, and do not continue beyond the regional tournament.) Regardless of age or grade level, however, each team exhibited
exhibited teamwork skills and applied its skills and talents not only to better its competition performance, but to better each individual team member. The 6 competitive team challenges from which teams may choose each year are:

  • Challenge A: Technical / Mechanical
  • Challenge B: Science / Theater Arts
  • Challenge C: Theater Arts / Fine Arts
  • Challenge D: Improvisation / Theater Arts
  • Challenge E: Structural / Architectural Design
  • Project Outreach: Service Learning Challenge