Islander teams win at state Destination ImagiNation

An Islander Middle School team competing in the structural engineering challenge scored well in all categories and earned first place at the state Destination ImagiNation competition on April 2 in Wenatchee.

This qualified the team, Aidan Wang, Josh Park, Verli Chen, Chris Dierkes, Cole Nielsen, Bryan Zhao and Ben Stoops to attend global finals in Knoxville, Tenn., the last week in May.

A West Mercer team consisting of Zoe Sheill, Joseph Park, Elizabeth Park, Andrew Motz, William Goodwin, Donald Hildebrandt and Vinny Ricci competed in the technical challenge. The team also presented a performance that told about an infrastructure problem which their device solved. The team earned third place.

Another West Mercer team, competing in the elementary level structural engineering challenge, earned fifth place. Congratulations to Leif Gullstad, Owen Bernstein, Zack Gottesman, Neal Ma, Riley Millburn, Albert Lam and William Lacrampe.

Competing in the elementary level improv challenge, Akriti Purohit, Andie Pillsbury, Ben Dunbar and Zane Jolley-Ruud selected random elements and integrated these into a skit involving a mythical creature from a specific country. The team earned sixth place.

West Mercer fourth-grade student Zane Jolley Ruud received a special spirit of DI award.

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