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The ‘Nova Wolves’ took First Place in the Elementary Structure Team; the Tension Builds Challenge. They are Jake Chansky, Wesley Ho, Kevin Wang, Miya Nakata, Jessica Zhang, Max Zhao, Landon Schmidt-Warnecke with Coach, Chris Cocklin-Ray. - Contributed photo
The ‘Nova Wolves’ took First Place in the Elementary Structure Team; the Tension Builds Challenge. They are Jake Chansky, Wesley Ho, Kevin Wang, Miya Nakata, Jessica Zhang, Max Zhao, Landon Schmidt-Warnecke with Coach, Chris Cocklin-Ray.
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Eighty students in 12  teams representing each school within the Mercer Island School District, competed in the Seattle Area Regional Destination ImagiNation Tournament, March 1, held at Mercer Island High School.

The teams have worked together since last fall to prepare for competition, with the guidance of teachers Mark Headlee, Chris Cocklin-Ray and Ellis Reyes.

For eight years, Mercer Island students have competed in the non-profit DI program, which presents educational challenges to students in a variety of areas to enable students to develop 21st century skills like creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

Students not only bring knowledge and skills, but even props and costumes to present their solutions to challenges. They also have to face shorter form, instant challenges that put their creative skills to the test.

The four first place teams will represent the Seattle Metro Area in the State Tournament on March 29,  in Wenatchee, Wash.

Above, the Six Sparks team took First Place in the Elementary Technical Team; Dig-In Challenge. They are  Anantika Mannbyy, Andrew Yeh, Vishy Kamalpuram, Aidan Klein, Sai Pipavath, Agnes Mar with Coach, Chris Cocklin-Ray (contributed photo).

Team: Dino, Inc. First Place: High School Structure Team; the Tension Builds Challenge; Trevor Gullstad, Aidan Wang, Alexa Bauman, Natalie Godby, Grace Hunter, Jason Zhu, Jay Rosenstein with Coach: Mark Headlee (contributed photo).

Los Tacos Hermanos team took First Place: High School Improvisational Team; Pandemonium Challenge. they are Ben Stoops, Cole Nielsen, Verli Chen, Bryan Zhao, Jay Rosenstein with Coach: Mark Headlee (contributed photo).

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