SMA Destination Imagination team
St. Mary’s Academy’s Middle School Destination team, The Edible Nacho Belt, placed second in the world at the program’s Global Finals competition in Knoxville, Tenn. After winning both their regional and state competition, the team competed against 74 teams from all over the world in both a central challenge and an instant challenge to earn a spot on the podium. The team competed in Destination Imagination’s Service Learning Challenge, where the team addressed a need in a real community and created a live presentation to highlight the impact of their project. They were required to create infographs and a storage device that transformed throughout their presentation as they told the story of their project. The team collected shoes for Denver’s homeless population by holding an SMA shoe drive and going door-to-door asking for donations.
Using technical and engineering skills, the team then built an intricate storage unit that wowed the appraisers and other teams. They used their artistic and creative skills to tell the story of their project through a rhyming skit and beautiful artistic back drops that were hand drawn and painted by the team. They then competed in an instant challenge, where they had only seven minutes to solve a complex technical problem.
SMA’s team included Annie Peragine, Caley Tamondong, Claire Malik, Isabelle May, Kate Seneshan, Maggie Gesler and Rishika Kartik. Coaches were Chelsea May and Kartik Dakshinamoorthy.
“This team worked tirelessly for nine months to create an incredible presentation about the difference they made in their community. Their creativity, project management skills and teamwork helped them achieve an excellent result at the Global Finals,” say team managers Kartik and May.
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