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Creativity reigned supreme at the Destination Imagination regional tournament at CMU March 10.

The event drew 32 teams, including 14 from Delta County. Delta resident Jill Jurca served as tournament director, and school superintendent Caryn Gibson stepped up to judge some events.

Most of the teams from Delta County qualified for the state tournament at the University of Denver this Saturday, April 7. Finishing in third place or better there qualifies teams to compete at globals in Tennessee.

In Destination Imagi-nation, two- to seven-member teams focus on finding solutions to two separate types of challenges: team challenges and instant challenges. Then they present their solutions to appraisers in tournament-style settings. By working together to develop solutions, participants push the limits of their imaginations to better themselves and best their competition.

Team managers were asked to submit team photos to accompany this article.

Photo submitted The Destination Imagination team from Lincoln Elementary, The Fast & Furious 7, was coached by Allan Collins. Team members were Mya Abeyta, Jordyn Zevala, Addison Collins, Alex Kuta, Owen Esser, Ivary Lorimor and Logan Dickerson. The team is pictured in costume just before regional competition in Grand Junction. The team placed second in its division.
Photo submitted Hotchkiss sent an elementary, middle and high school team, and all three came home with first place in their division. The elementary team is coached by HK-8 English teacher Kena Price and included Aneka Price, Kiera Stroh, Charlie Miller, Braeden Flores, Charlie Jo Miller, Wyatt Thompson and Gabe Garcia. The team acted out a skit that had to display three scientific principles. They worked for months on the project, including giving up Saturdays to build. Their end product included a mock roller coaster, designed and built by the kids, with a cart in which one student rides down the “roller coaster.”
Photo submitted The CooCoo Clocks and the Gravitronions from Hotchkiss K-8 competed at the middle school level.Team members are Tel Bullard, Allen Washburn, Sasha Taylor, Landon Brown, Hunter Thompson, Cece Houseweart and Piper Smith. Team manager Mike Smith provided this photo. The team placed first in the scientific challenge at the regional tournament. The team designed and built a working scale model of a gravitron. They set their skit in the Big Ben clock tower in London. Their skit involved a group of orphans who figured out the mystery of why people were disappearing from Big Ben.
Photo submitted The Fellowship of the Free Food from Hotchkiss High School is comprised of Ava Taylor, Kyra Stevens, Kade Howard, Daevius Udy and Logan Smith. Team manager is Don Carney. The team placed first in the secondary level in the improvisational challenge. The team had to improv a skit based on two explorers, a missing culture treasure hidden in an unlikely location and a setback they found out about during their presentation. They researched 12 explorers and 12 cultural treasures prior to the competition.
Photo submitted Delta Middle School’s Team Ad Astra placed second in the engineering challenge, “Drop Zone.” Team members are (left to right) Sarah Clark, James Hufman, Jesus Trevino, Andrew Priestley and Dakota Jessee. Team manager Kendall Hovel is pictured on the right.
Photo submitted Team Brace Yourself consists of a mixture of third, fourth and fifth graders from Garnet Mesa Elementary. They placed second in the scientific category and are headed to the state tournament on April 7. Pictured are Brooke Armendariz, Brysin Woodsen, Lilly Eskam, Eric Uribe, Josias Rameriz, Joey Siennicki and Aiden Gillespie.
Photo submitted The team from Cedaredge Middle School, Corniest Corny Corn Corns Unlikely Attraction, took second at regionals. Pictured are (top, left to right) Corbin Loucks, Camden Myers, Breanna St. Hilaire and Hope Williams; (bottom) Amber Price (team manager), Emmaleah Raines, Jaina Pech and June Pulver.
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