IMS Destination Imagination team is 13th in the world

The Islander Middle School Destination Imagination team represented Mercer Island and the state of Washington during the last week of May, in Knoxville, Tennessee. They were among 1,100 teams showcasing their solution to the 2011 structural engineering challenge titled, “Verses! Foiled Again!”

Their structure was made of balsa wood, aluminum foil and glue. It weighed 16.3 grams and held 715 pounds. The team also performed a skit in which a character was foiled. The skit included a team-written verse and a published verse. There were 54 teams in their division, and the IMS team earned 13th place.

“I am very proud of this team for all of their hard work and dedication to creative problem solving,” said coach and teacher Mark Headlee.

Superintendent Gary Plano said, “I continue to be amazed at the hard work, dedication and creativity of these very inventive students. I can only imagine where these talents will lead them. I would like to thank their coach and teacher Mark Headlee, and their parents for encouraging our students’ participation in Destination Imagination.”

Congratulations to Aidan Wang, Josh Park, Verli Chen, Chris Dierkes, Cole Nielsen, Bryan Zhao and Ben Stoops. Destination Imagination, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem-solving. Over 100,000 students from 30 different countries compete every year.

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