March 10, 2013 – Four Beachwood teams - two each from Hilltop Elementary School and Beachwood Middle School - are headed to the state Destination ImagiNation Tournament after finishing in first place in their respective age divisions and competitions at this past weekend's regional tournament at Chagrin Falls High School. The state competition is in Mount Vernon on April 20.
Twelve Beachwood teams participated - eight from Hilltop and four from BMS, with 10 of the teams placing fourth or higher.
Destination Imagination is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. In working to solve challenges, the teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking.
Hilltop’s fourth grade Clar-Isaacson team placed first in its “Wind Visible” challenge, which explored the science of wind energy. The fifth grade Jung-Malul team won its “In the Zone” challenge, an assignment featuring vehicles that blended creativity with technical know-how.
BMS’s seventh grade Adelman-Rodriguez team placed first in its fine arts challenge, “In Disguise.” They also won a Renaissance Award for outstanding design, engineering, execution and performance. This award is given only to teams that demonstrate extraordinary amounts of effort and preparation in their solutions, or are exceptional entertainers. BMS’s eighth grade Waxman-Lenz team placed first in its challenge, a middle school level of “Wind Visible.”
Below are Beachwood's four first-place regional teams that are headed to the state competition.
The Four Wonderwinds (Grade 4)
Students: Lauren Clar, Emily Isaacson, Sanjana Murthy, Linda Yu
Parent Coaches: Karen Rosenblum, Alec Isaacson
Elementary Team (Grade 5)
Competition: In The Zone
Students: Richard Han, Erika Jung, Isaac Kantarovich, Bridget Lee, Shira Malul, Nikhil Murali
Parent Coaches: Gali Malul, Gene Jung)
DiVi (Grade 7)
Competition: In Disguise
Students: Olivia Adelman, Abbey Brewer, Gaby Rodriguez, Lily Steiger, Morgan Tucker
Parent Coaches: Laura Adelman, Maria Anzola
Middle School Team (Grade 8)
Students: Andie Cohen, Julia Warner, Sean Waxman-Lenz, Jason Wu, Yuke Zheng
Parent Coach: Michael Waxman-Lenz
Congratulations to all participants, including second, third and fourth place contestants:
Shupp team, sixth grade (In Disguise)
Mindlin team, third grade (In Disguise)
Steiger team, fifth grade (In Disguise)
Chakrabarti-Berkowitz team, fourth grade (Wind Visible)
Zhang-Kuriar team, fourth grade (In Disguise)
Williams-Patterson team, fifth grade (Twist-O-Rama)