DI competition drew thousands to town

The Bishop Dwenger Wing Dings perform a fine arts skit during the Destination Imagination northern Indiana regional competition held Saturday in Churubusco. Over 2,000 people attended, including about 85 teams from schools north of Indianapolis. photo by Vivian Sade

Monocle Muffins, a Churubusco high school fine arts team, received second place at Saturday’s Destination Imagination regional competition and will now advance to state. The team also received a special DaVinci award for their creative props and backdrop design. photo by Vivian Sade

Central Noble students gather in the hallway of Churubusco Elementary School during Saturday’s Destination imagination regional competition. Three of four Central Noble DI teams qualified for the state competition. photo by Vivian Sade

A team from Central Noble performs a skit during the Destination Imagination event at Churubusco Saturday. photo by V. Sade

A team from Central Noble Schools performs a skit decrying puppy mills at Saturdays Destination Imagination Regionals held at Churubusco Schools. Over 2,000 people crowded the halls to watch kids perform at the all-day event. Photo by V. Sade

The Monocle Muffins team of Churubusco performed a fine arts skit at the regional Destination Imagination competition, which was held in ’Busco.

CHURUBUSCO — Three of four teams from Central Noble and Churubusco advanced to state finals in March after earning qualifying scores at the Indiana Northern Destination Imagination (D.I.) Regional competition in Churubusco.

More than 85 teams and 2,000 people from northern Indiana attended the event, which was co-hosted by Churubusco and Central Noble schools.

Coordinators of the event included Julie Mast and Nikki King of Churubusco and Deb Robertson from Central Noble. Robertson is also the regional D.I. affiliate director.

Nervous kids in crazy and traditional costumes, carrying props of giant blow-up dinosaurs, stuffed animals, Roman columns, knights in shining armor and makeshift snow avalanches scurried through the hallways at Churubusco Jr.-Sr. High School, looking for the rooms where they would compete and perform eight-minute problem-solving skits.

Destination Imagination builds participants’ creativity, problem solving and teamwork skills and teaches the process from imagination to innovation.

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