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Destination ImagiNation team wins awards at Regional competition

Two middle school teams competed in Challenge C titled, “You’re Gonna Flip!” One middle school team and one high school team competed in Challenge B titled, ” DI-BOT.” All in all, it was a great day with super performances by all four teams making Busco proud!


(Middle school DI team pictured left to right in back row  are: Dena Pope, coach, Brittney Shambaugh, Madison Bieber, Valerie Pope, Kennedy Sade, Cheyenne Conner, and Annette Bieber, coach. Front row: Kaleb Walker and Peyton Brandt.)

The Challenge B “DI-BOT” problem involved robots and robotic technology. Team members had to research how robotic technology has improved our lives.The team skit had to include robot technology facts and the changes robots create for humans. It had to involve an original story which showed a change in at least one character’s life due to the robotic technology developed. They had to design, create, and integrate a device called a “DI-BOT,” which completed a motion or task, in the skit. They had to create at least one prop, or part of a prop, that became the “DI-BOT.” They had to also provide an effective transitional link from one scene to another while including two side trips. All this had to happen in eight minutes and couldn’t cost the team more than $150.


(The first middle school DI team pictured left to right in back are: Amy Leeuw, coach, Kylee Leeuw, Dalton Birk, and Lukas Smith. Middle row: Reed Geiger, Davis Sturgis, Adrianna Nagle. Front row:Grant Sturgis.)

The high school team consisting of five team members, Robby Pope, Ally and Jenna Shambaugh, Rachel Jones, and Avery Dirr, and coached by Julie Mast did just that. They created a skit involving Dorothy Ignaceous Rocks (DI Rocks for short), gangster munchkins, the Tin Man and Scarecrow, a Toto Robot, and a side trip to Jamaica. Their spoof of the “Wizard of Oz” story starts with Dorothy having her life changed by robotic technology after arriving at the “Ruby Ghetto” when her hot air balloon she was traveling in after leaving the “Emerald City” got in a storm and crashed. In the Ruby Ghetto, the munchkins were gangsters, and stole a piece off the robot “Toto,” and the Tin Man helped her retreive a similar part so they could go home to Kansas. Toto became her GPS and took her to Jamaica rather than Kansas because he wanted a vacation. Toto, not your average dog, could actually talk, give directions, light up, and bark. Excellent scenery pieces for backgrounds, a clever script with rhyming as a specialty side trip, sassy costumes, and platinum sneakers help entertain the audience and wow the judges! This team received first place at the regional competition for their level. Congratulations!


(The second middle school DI team pictured left to right in back row are: Rob Tomlinson, coach, Brandon Geopfrich, Alyssa Edsall, Seth Brown, Drew Buffenbarger, Vincent Johnson, with Kristen Krill in front.)

The middle school team consisting of Brittney Shambaugh, Madison Bieber, Valerie Pope, Peyton Brandt, Kennedy Sade, Cheyenne Conner, and Kaleb Walker was coached by Dena Pope and Annette Bieber. They received a second place ranking and are able to now advance to the State DI competition in April!!! Yeah!!! The team created a skit in which team members were contacted to become spies to catch an evil grandmother and her granddaughter. The spies become trapped in a web and their “DI-BOT” saves them by bringing them scissors to escape from the webbing. All is well in the end when the spies capture the villains and are promoted to full time spies. This team was very clever and earned points based on their advanced teamwork and creative song writing and puns used in the script. The team designed and created their robot from a mailbox, motors, switches, and servos, which all makes sense to them! They did an awesome job and wowed the audience with their performance! The two other middle school teams both competed in Challenge C : “You’re Gonna Flip!” They had to write an original script where a character in the skit experienced a flip from one view to another. Like the story of a visit from three ghosts and the character, Ebenezer Scrooge, discovers how to love people again. Theatre, books, and art are full of such turnabouts. These teams had to incorporate a puppet into their story, two side trips, and have live visual art to help tell the story to the audience (and judges).

The first middle school team completing the “You’re Gonna Flip” challenge was coached by Amy Leeuw and consisted of Grant and Davis Sturgis, Dalton Birk, Adrianna Nagle, Lukas Smith, Reed Geiger, and Kaylee Leeuw. They created a skit about Thomas, an Amish boy, who is lost and meets the Amish community and ends up telling them that he is a robot and they allow him to stay in their community forever. In true DI fashion, Reed performs a “whale song” that wakes up the narrator since he has fallen asleep during the skit. Also, a doorbell rings and a DiGiorno pizza is delivered and comments are made on it not being a delivery pizza. The humor in the skit keeps the audience entertained during the entire eight minutes.

The second middle school team also completing the “You’re Gonna Flip” challenge was coached by Rob Tomlinson and consisted of Drew Buffenbarger, Kristen Krill, Alissa Edsall, Brandon Geopfrich, Seth Brown, and Vincent Johnson. The character in their skit that experienced a “flip” was the Bull, played by Seth Brown in a clever cow costume. The problem was their Bull was too nice and wouldn’t charge at people. They were attempting to have a “running of the bulls” event in Spain but their bull won’t run. Their drawing showed a colorful and peaceful scenery of flowers in the beginning and dark colors showing fire in the second half once the flip has happened and the bull has “meaned up”. This team added humor throughout their skit and even put a little salsa dancing and Michael Jackson moonwalking in for the entertainment value – just when you thought had enough drama in their skit – they add in Vincent Johnson in an elf costume with his mouse puppet looking for the North Pole…only in Destination ImagiNation!

The two teams competing in the B Challenges, “DI – BOT,” will be going to the State DI competition to be held on April 17th at Noblesville High School, north of Indy. Please wish both teams the best! Both teams will be meeting for the next month to improve their props, costumes, backgrounds, and scripts for the state competition! Success at state equals an invitation to the Global DI competition held in Knoxville, Tennessee, held in the end of May.

Don’t forget, DI is selling stadium seat cushions for $8 each that say “Churubusco Schools” and have an eagle imprinted on them. See Dena Pope, Rob Tomlinson, Amy Leeuw, or Julie Mast to get one or any DI team member.

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