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Kids qualify for global tournament

Students take second at state Destination Imagination

Seven Dudley Elementary students are headed to Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, TN.

The team placed second during state competition, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, last Saturday.

They will compete at what team co-manager Khris Jinks describes as the largest global finals in history, set for May 23-26 at the University of Tennessee.

“We can’t wait,” said Jinks, who manages the team along with Jenny Daup.

The women are mothers to children involved in DI.

Students earning a trip to Knoxville are Lauren Waskowiak, Payton Buss, Maxwell Jinks, Weston Jinks, Maddie Daup, Adam Groenke and Jack Loostrom.

Both Jinks and Daup attribute teamwork to the accomplishment—the first for a Gothenburg team since 1997.

Daup figured the kids had spent 700 hours working on their team challenge.

“This team has been working hard since October,” Jinks said. “The team wrote the script, built props, composed music, created costumes and special effects all by themselves.”

She explained that the kids chose a fine arts challenge “Coming Attractions” in which to compete that entailed presenting a movie trailer involving characters from at least two nations.

Team members chose Greece and Turkey.

The youngsters also had to design a cinematic special effect and feature it in the movie trailer. They designed a rising and setting sun and created an original soundtrack, Jinks explained.

She said the students have a minute to set up for their performance and four minutes to perform the movie trailer.

During competition at UNK, Daup said the team was challenged when some of the props fell apart.

Waskowiak was able to hold a part together with her teeth while she worked a special effect, Daup said.

While competing, DI students also have to complete an instant challenge, which is performance or task-based, or a combination of the two.

“They don’t know what it will be until they walk into the room,” she said, noting that instant challenges reward teams for their teamwork and creativity of their solutions. “Teams are given so many minutes to discuss and prepare for the challenge and then a set amount of minutes to try and complete the challenge.”

Points earned for the instant challenge and the team challenge are combined for a team’s overall score.

Just before the team began competing Saturday in Kearney, Daup said she noticed members in prayer.

When asked about the prayer, she said she was told they were asking not for a win but to do the best they could.

The managers said the team will have fund-raisers to help pay for their journey to Knoxville.

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