Mercer Island Destination Imagination teams compete at global finals

Four Destination Imagination teams from Mercer Island recently competed in the 2013 Global Finals in Tennessee.

The teams competing included:

• The Spicy Sombreros finished 19th overall in the elementary structural engineering challenge. The team includes: Bridger Bourke, Justin Skene, Ryan Shobe, Ichiro Nakata, Kevin Li, Akhil Pothenini, and Julian Sanders.

• Overcooked Lasagna finished in 10th place in the elementary improv challenge. The team includes: Mollie Parkinson, Lila Shroff, Lauren Hunter, Sophia Chen, Sophia Ristuben, Jasper Geer, and Ben Roe.

• The Illusions finished fourth in the high school structural engineering challenge, and place first in the instant challenge, a first for Mercer Island. The team includes: Trevor Gullstad, Jay Rosenstein, Jason McRuer, Grace Hunter, Josh Park, and Aidan Wang.

• Los Tacos Hermanos finished first overall, the first for a team from Washington, won the DaVinci award for outstanding creativity and took first in the instant challenge. The team includes: Ben Stoops, Cole Nielsen, Verli Chen, and Bryan Zhao.

All teams were coached by West Mercer teacher Mark Headlee.

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