A record number of Mercer Island teams participated in the state Destination Imagination tournament. Pictured: Team We Haven’t Decided Yet. Photo courtesy of Mercer Island School District

A record number of Mercer Island teams participated in the state Destination Imagination tournament. Pictured: Team We Haven’t Decided Yet. Photo courtesy of Mercer Island School District

Record number of Mercer Island teams qualify for Destination Imagination state event

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 1:30am
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Fourteen (14) Mercer Island teams qualified for the state Destination Imagination (DI) tournament by placing at recent regional events. The state tournament was in Kennewick on March 30. It is a record number of Mercer Island teams in the 12 years of the program, according to West Mercer Elementary Mark Headlee, who manages the Mercer Island DI program.

Headlee honored seven seniors for their years of participation in DI with trophies, including Andrew Motz, who has been in the program for nine years.

MIHS Engineering Team

Members are Jake Chansky, Sam Frohlich, Wesley Ho, Landon Schmidt-Warnecke, Renee White, Kevin Wang and Justin Lesko.

Team manager is Mark Headlee.

MIHS Improv Team, MIHS 2019 Engineering

Team members are Ella Thunen, Bridger Bourke, Jasper Geer, Aidan Klein and Thorin Finch.

Team manager is Headlee.

MIHS Engineering Team, Scientificn’t

Members are Ichi Nakata, Sophia Ristuben, Lila Shroff, Justin Skene, Ryan Shobe, Oliver Schaaf and Anantika Mannby.

Team manager is Headlee.

MIHS Technical Team, Syntax Air

Members are Alex White, Ethan Torok, Derek Wang, Andrew Motz, William Lacrampe, Damien Nico Galvin and Damien Snyder.

Team manager is Headlee.

MIHS Improv Team, 1-800-Get-Greg

Members are Nico Galvin, Damien Snyder, Lila Shroff and Ryan Shobe.

Team manager is Headlee.

Islander Middle School Engineering Team, Unexpected Error

Members are Aditi Mannby, Eliot Geer, Tyler Langley, Jonathan Aggar, Daniel Marcus, Sidh Shroff and Keegan Wang.

Team manager is Headlee.

Islander Middle School Technical Team, DING

Members are Ralph Morton, Drew Robine, Maddie Thunen, Linda Jiang, Cecilia Wang, Noah Do and Hongyi Hu.

Team manger is Julie Langley.

Islander Middle School, Escape Artists, Team Snickerdoodle

Team members are Ashwin Krishnaswamy, Ron Rastorguev, Jiaxain Woo, Isabella Sullivan and Romeo Zeng.

Team manager is Ellis Reyes.

Islander Middle School, Technical Challenge Team, We Haven’t Decided Yet

Team members are Sophia Loiselle, Anahita Najafian, Addie Swenson, Amelia Han, Simone Shenoi, Sahana Subramanian and Anna Koskinen.

Team manager is Chris Cocklin-Ray.

Islander Middle School, Fine Arts Team, The Brave Cowards

Team members are Alexa Millman, Zach Said, Sam Paddor, Ryan Kinder, Naomi Do, Lexi Liu and Gareth Tatum.

Team manager is David Baxter.

Islander Middle School, Improv Team, Algorithm Undefined

Team members are Bobby Selden, Andy Yang, Stella Chen, Ellie Wu, Sophia Loop, Oona Loop and Ben Nguyen.

Team manager is Reyes.

Elementary Fine Arts Team, Technical Difficulties

Team members are Anya Viswanathan, Ali Selden, Zoe Leung, Quintin Shiers, Zoe Boyle, Lulu Cadicamo and Sam Karami.

Team managers are Ashlie Selden and Peter Selden.

Elementary Fine Arts Team, Absolootley Scrumptious

Team members are Blakely Bourke, Sadie Kim, Steffi Kim, Aadyaa Singhal, Brendan Sung, Daniel Lee and Trisha Choudhary.

Team manager is Langley.

Elementary Technical Team, What Happened to Their Name?

Members are Maxwell Linke, Hadrian Finch, Liran Dipasquo, Elden Martial, Neil Pandya, Luke Loiselle and Alex Borkowski.

Team manager is Alice Finch.

Team “Unexpected Error.” Photo courtesy of Mercer Island School District

Team “Unexpected Error.” Photo courtesy of Mercer Island School District

Seven MIHS seniors were honored for their years of participation in the Mercer Island Destination Imagination program. Photo courtesy of Mercer Island School District

Seven MIHS seniors were honored for their years of participation in the Mercer Island Destination Imagination program. Photo courtesy of Mercer Island School District

A record number of Mercer Island teams participated in the state Destination Imagination tournament. Pictured: Team We Haven’t Decided Yet. Photo courtesy of Mercer Island School District

A record number of Mercer Island teams participated in the state Destination Imagination tournament. Pictured: Team We Haven’t Decided Yet. Photo courtesy of Mercer Island School District

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