Maharishi School teams set a new record for
their school, the state of Iowa, as well
as the nation. No other town in the U.S.
had as many teams place so high in the top
ten. For the first time ever in this type
of competition an Iowa school garnered a
first place trophy. In addition, for the
second year in a row, a team came home with
a second place trophy. Another team placed
sixth and one came in tenth out of 54 teams.
The first place team competed in the "Mystery
Loves Company" challenge, Middle Level.
World Champion members are Maharishi School
eighth graders: Michael Cook, Zach Nichols,
Ben Pollack, Elise Nelson, Tasha Blitz, Wes
Dearborn, and Jeremy Jones.
Secondary "TechEffect" team gave
an incredible performance, setting the standard
for the central challenge scoring. The members
of this 2nd place team are: Aaron Hirshberg,
Sam Rosen, Ryan Huggins, Lynn Harvey, and
Maharishi School's fifth grade
girls placed sixth in their challenge, "Anonymously
Yours." Team members are: Sheila Higgins, Ellora Hans-Price, Jessica Pollack, Yelana
Loiselle, Emily Wofford, and Talia Winningham.
Eighth graders placing 10th in the "Anonymously
Yours" challenge are: Divindy Grant,
Tracy Clark, Eric Soth, Kirsi Marcus, Sam
Ashelman, Athena Abrams, and Melissa Huffsmith.
Also competing at Global Finals were the
state champion "TripliCity" team,
tenth graders: Shane Bellmer, Milo Winningham,
Josh Denbaum, Aaron Hirshberg, and Lynn Harvey. This
team placed 15th out of 50.
teacher at Maharishi School, coached all
Deanna Jens, Iowa State Director
for Destination ImagiNation, reports "When
other people ask why the teams from Maharishi
School do so well, I tell them that although
Maharishi School does not specifically incorporate
D.I. into the curriculum, everything Maharishi
School does supports creativity. It is my
perception that Maharishi School students
live and breathe creativity in all they do."
An estimated 17,000 team members, officials,
and supporters attended the Award Ceremony
held Saturday evening, May 26th at the Thompson-Boling
Arena at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Eight hundred forty teams from 12 different
countries completed three days of competition
in the five different challenges: "IncreDIble
TechEffects", "Anonymously Yours",
"Mystery Loves Company", "Triplicity",
and "DInamic Improv". Each challenge
offers competition at four age levels: Elementary
for grades 3-5, Middle for grades 6-8, and
Secondary for grades 9-12, and University
for college/military. In the first three
age levels, each team competed against 50-60
other teams. Only the top 6 teams are acknowledged
at the Award Ceremony although every team
who qualified to compete at Global Finals
was already a state champion. The winners
of 6th through 2nd place were announced for
each age level for each challenge, extending
the suspense for the first place winners.
The Award Ceremony was broadcast live over
the internet. The ceremony concluded with
indoor fireworks and a laser show.
information about the Destination ImagiNation
program visit their web site at www.dini.org.