d'ice cream is yummySix teams from Osseo Area Schools placed first, second or third at the Minnesota State Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament on April 22 and qualified to compete at the Destination Imagination Global Finals later this month in Knoxville, Tenn.

Held each spring, the DI Global Finals brings together more than 8,000 students on 1,400 teams from 16 countries. At the meet, students solve open-ended challenges that encompass STEM, Improvisation, Performance, and Visual Arts skills. During the competition—held this year from May 23-28—participants have the opportunity to present their Challenge solutions and interact with DI teams from around the world.

Rush Creek Elementary
For the first time in school history, Rush Creek Elementary will send two teams to the Global Finals, as “D’Ice Cream is Yummy” placed second at state in the Improvisation category and “Manly People” placed third in Scientific. (D’Ice Cream is Yummy team members are Wyatt Bjugstad, Megan Holmgren, Bella Lewis, Sophie Negrete, Jazzy Tew and Katherine Bearce; Manly People team members are Thomas Botkin, Cecilia DeOliviera, Jack Faatz, Elliot Hibbard, Brayden Kaiser and Kat Klopotek.) The teams are coached by Liz Botkin and Laura Thompson.

In Knoxville, both Rush Creek teams will also compete in an “Instant Challenge” event that requires them to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking.

To help offset some of the costs associated with attending the Global Finals, the Rush Creek teams have started a fundraising site.

dideas keep on comin'

Brooklyn Middle School
The team of Abby Battan, Katie Knox and Grace Seifert—or, “DMA Girls”—placed second in Scientific at the middle level. Shannon Comisar serves as the team’s coach.

Maple Grove Middle School
Placing first in the middle level Improvisation event was the “Fantabulous Five” team of Faith Hagen, Jordan Hanley, Sophia Novak-Cady, Carly Wingness and Kaylee Wingness. Team coaches are Jody Kinneberg, Lucas Pedersen and Haley Travis-Eull.

Osseo Senior High and Maple Grove Senior High
At the secondary level, the team of “DIdeas Keep on Comin’” continued its winning ways, taking top honors in Fine Arts and claiming the DaVinci Award for Outstanding Creativity—a feat it also accomplished at the regional tournament in February. DIdeas Keep on Comin’ includes Maple Grove and Osseo senior high students Erin Besser, Jess Bray, Adamson Novak, James Pipkin and Emma Thomas.

“A Tad Mad Minus 2” placed third in Fine Arts to also qualify for the Global Finals. Team members are Ebony Cox, Starr Nguyen and Leah Yanko. Jody Kinneberg coaches both high school teams.

TOP PHOTO: D'Ice Cream is Yummy from Rush Creek Elementary. Team members (left to right): Wyatt Bjugstad, Bella Lewis, Megan Holmgren, Jazzy Tew, Sophie Negrete and Katherine Bearce. 

BOTTOM PHOTO: DIdeas Keep on Comin' from Osseo and Maple Grove senior high schools won the DaVinci Award for Outstanding Creativity. Team members (in alphabetical order) are Erin Besser, Jess Bray, Adamson Novak, James Pipkin and Emma Thomas.