2015 Earhart to DI Global Finals
2015 Destination Imagination Global Finals
Knoxville, Tennessee | May 20-23, 2015
Three teams of Amelia Earhart Elementary students have advanced to the 2015 Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals competition in Knoxville, Tennessee, on May 20-23. They are pumped, ready to demonstrate their talents and represent Alameda, Calif., at this international competition.
DI is a creative problem solving competition in which student teams create a solution to a technical, scientific, service learning, or artistic/fine arts challenge. They present their team solution in an 8 minute skit that follows specific parameters. The competition is fierce, but Earhart DI teams have been preparing since September, meeting after school and on the weekends, and they are ready to showcase their work.
We Need You
It's a huge honor for these teams to be selected to compete at Global Finals after winning at the regional and state levels, but the teams can't go onto Globals without YOU!
The students must raise funds to pay for their registration fees, airfare and ground transportation, and food and accommodations in Tennessee. With only a few weeks to go until Globals, the pressure is on. We're planning many community fundraisers to cover the trip costs. We've set on our GoFundMe page goal at $15,000 -- this amount and the fundraising targets for the other events will get us closer to our total goal.
We invite you to share in our experience by making a tax deductible contribution. Any amount is appreciated.
Thank you for supporting these young, creative minds--the next generation of innovators and leaders!
Congratulations to the students advancing to Global Finals:
Knights of the DI Table: Geoffrey Dubay, Liam Hofmann, Tommy Igo, Josephine Keintz, Maggie Konecky, Allison Kwon and Cordelia Spencer. Team managers: Paizley Spencer and Chris Keintz.
DI Express: Nicole Cramer, Adam Elmansouri, Cooper Gunning, Katy Hosokawa, Devin Kaneshiro, Amanda Lee and Maylee Witte. Team managers: Larry Witte and Bruce Kaneshiro.
Put Down that Cookie: Max Howard, Ethan Madsen, Grant Mills and Jonathan Yim. Team managers: Mike Yim and Andy Madsen.
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE — Seven fourth- and fifth-grade students from Amelia Earhart Elementary School placed second among 63 teams in their category at the Destination Imagination Global Finals competition, May 20-23. The team is the first ever from Alameda to place in the top three, and one of only three California teams to do so in 2015. The team, DI Express, consisted of Nicole Cramer, Adam Elmansouri, Cooper Gunning, Katy Hosokawa, Devin Kaneshiro, Amanda Lee, and Maylee Witte.
The team challenge for DI Express was to create a performance that incorporated an expressive work of art, a functional art piece and an illusion. DI Express wrote the script, built props and scenery, and performed all the roles in the play. The focus of this year’s competition was a “feary tale” about a phobia.
In addition to the team challenge, DI Express successfully completed an instant challenge in which it had four minutes to solve a structural puzzle. The combined challenge scores determined the winners. A team from China finished ahead of DI Express.
The Global Finals were the third stage of the Destination Imagination competitions. The event, hosted by the University of Tennessee, included nearly 1,500 teams from 17 countries, and 8,000 students.
DI Express was one of three teams from Earhart to compete at the Global Finals, the most of any California school. The other Earhart teams, Knights of the DI Table (managed by Paizley Spencer and Chris Keintz) and Put Down That Cookie (managed by Mike Yim and Andy Madsen), competed in community service and structural engineering, respectively. Larry Witte and Bruce Kaneshiro were the co-managers of the DI Express team. Margaret Hosokawa provided coaching and logistical support.
The three teams raised funds to cover transportation and lodging. They received corporate and individual contributions, and community support at numerous events.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's Destination Imagination campaign.
The big competition takes place soon and the kids are very happy to represent Earhart Elementary and Alameda. On behalf of all the students involved in Destination Imagination, thank you for your support. It means so much to us.
Look out, Tennesee! We are on our way!
If you live in Alameda....please join us for two events today. Come to Tomatina's on Park Street and a portion of your bill will be donated to the Earhart Destination teams when you present this flyer: http://earhartpta.org/images/tomatina.png. This offer is valid for lunch, dinner & take-out.
Afterwards, head on over to Books, Inc. from 5:30-8:30 p.m. A percentage of your purchases made during this time will be generously donated to Earhart by Books, Inc.
AND DON'T FORGET....
Our AWESOME Family Glow in the Dark Fun Run/Walk on Friday, May 8, from 7-9 p.m. , at Encinal High track, 210 Central Ave., Alameda.
We'll have terrific prizes, entertainment and more! It's a fun event for people of all ages!
Destination Imagination is proud to announce that a record number of teams will participate in Global Finals 2015, the world’s largest celebration of creativity, May 20-23, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“Destination Imagination is encouraging and challenging more and more students every year,” said Dr. Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination, Inc. “From participating students to volunteers, exhibitors and sponsors, DI has had tremendous support leading up to this year’s event.”
Presented by Disney, this year’s academic competition will host more than 17,000 students and volunteers, and will feature 1,400 teams. Eighty percent of the teams come from 48 U.S. states, including Texas, California, New York, Colorado, Michigan and Tennessee. Twenty percent are made up of international participants from 18 countries with China as the leader, closely followed by Canada, Turkey, Qatar, South Korea and Mexico.
“Disney’s vision to inspire imagination and creativity in children aligns perfectly with our mission at Destination Imagination,” said Dr. Cadle. “Together we are committed to offering 21st century programs that foster future inventors, while supporting and inspiring young people worldwide.”
Proud that Coop is part of this great team - DI is a fantastic program! Please support all of their hard work by donating what you can to help them get to Globals.
This experience is a great opportunity for all the kids on the Earhart teams. Cordelia is excited and proud to be a part of all this creativity. Please support her is you can. Every little bit helps!
Nicole is part of this team - please support them if you can. Thanks