After winning 1st place for creativity, teamwork and innovation in the Destination Imagination South Central Regional Tournament and 2nd place at The Maryland State Destination Imagination Tournament, the Northern Middle team, named Accident Prone, has earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 23-26 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Team members include 7thgraders Pete Nowak, Aidan Kyle, Tori Minakowski, Bella Rosasco, Sydney Patin, Meg Behe, and Jacob Sharpe. Team managers are Beth Nowak and Dianne Kyle.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “This is an awesome event and we have an awesome team. Let’s hope they don’t live up to their name.”

The Accident Prone team will compete with other teams in the “Treasure” improvisational challenge, one of seven open-ended challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.

Destination Imagination has had a positive impact on more than two million students who have taken part in its acclaimed academic program. This year, more than 150,000 students have participated in tournaments throughout the U.S., as well as 30 countries, in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.

The seven-member Accident Prone team is among the 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that have advanced to participate in Global Finals 2018.

Each year, Destination Imagination competitions begin with a regional tournament, where team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Each team solution is scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate (state or country) Tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate Tournaments advance to Global Finals.

Destination Imagination dedicates itself to enriching the global community by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to explore and discover using the creative process from imagination to innovation.