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Maharishi School Destination ImagiNation Teams Triumph Internationally - Again

Maharishi School’s Destination ImagiNation teams had another successful trip to the 5 day international creative problem solving competition at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, May 24-29.

The middle level girls’ team gave an outstanding performance that wowed the appraisers and earned them 5th place. The team’s solution involved both acting and technical (engineering) elements and included an amazing gown created out of old copies of the Fairfield Ledger. The team manager is Susan Huggins. Members of the team are Dia Huggins, Jaqueline Leete Kadie Roberts, Jaya Muhelman, Alina Knight, Anna Unger, and Phoebe Haerr.


The secondary level boys’ team placed 4th overall against 64 of the best teams in the world. This performance “had the whole audience and the judges laughing and bursting into spontaneous applause,” according to DI coach, Mark Wilkins. “People had heard about this team and the theater was almost full. The entire audience leapt to its feet in appreciation at the end of their performance.” Part of this challenge involved the creation of a “technical spectacle,” which was engineered by senior, Dominic Borg. Borg’s creation received one of the highest rated technical scores the school has ever had, getting 29 out of 30 possible points for technical innovation. The team coach is Maricela Stakland. Members of the team are Holden Ketterhagen, Ryan Stakland, Sky Nite, Dominic Borg, Laser Nite, and Toby James. Three of the graduating seniors have qualified to attend the global competition for eight years running.

Coach Wilkins said it was the most fun his teams had had in years at the international competition. “The teams all worked hard and had their best performances of the year at Global Finals. These teams were all coherent, focused and supportive of each other and appreciative of other performances.”

Destination ImagiNation is an extraordinary non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Every year more than 100,000 students participate from across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Destination ImagiNation, the core program, is an exhilarating after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Destination ImagiNation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with more than 1.3 million alumni and a global network of 35,000 volunteers.

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