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Do or DI: CK area students shine at Destination ImagiNation

Scene: Nighttime.

A crow-man steals “several very shiny items.”

Scene: Paris, a café beneath the Eiffel Tower.

A sign reads the tower is closed. Its top was stolen! Inspector Oka is on the case and soon the mystery unravels.

Scene: The Louvre.

A whiny British princess mourns her lost jewels and crown. The plot thickens.

But before long the culprit gives himself away with a song. “I stole the shinies, they’re mine,” the thief crows.

Inspector Oka busts the crow-man mid-song and all is restored to normal.

The mini-play was the figment of the imagination of seven seventh-graders from Central Kitsap Junior High School, also known as the Super Sleuthy Sherlocks.

The team — crow-man/reporter Bill Garrity, Frenchie/reporter Daniel Guillory, inspector Jessica Rothwell, princess Laura Mooney, I-Love-Paris tourist Shannon Lubetich, museum owner/reporter Tammy Nguyen, and I-Love-NY tourist Taylor Loveless — flew right into first place in the How’d tHAT Happen? middle school competition at this weekend’s Destination ImagiNation tournament.

Klahowya Secondary School hosted the Olympic Peninsula Regional competition all day Saturday, March 4. The hallways of the school swarmed with kids in kindergarten through seniors in high school.

Teams lugged around colorful costumes, props and technological creations and practiced their skits and presentations huddled together in small groups.

Divided into six categories, Destination ImagiNation challenges demanded that the Olympic Peninsula students thought outside-the-box to solve problems or create productions, complete with all props and costumes, each task required.

The creativity-and-skills competition fits audio, visual and hands-on learners, says Chris Jenson, Destination ImagiNation score room challenge master and mother of past and present Klahowya participants.

“I see an equalization of kids because you can put all the different learning styles

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