Destination ImagiNation teams take aim for state

The skits are almost ready. The competition is set. It’s time to go.

Destination ImagiNation’s Olympic Regional competition gets under way 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today at Klahowya Secondary School. Nearly 80 teams will compete in one of six challenges.

The goal is “To win and not get stage fright and not cry at the end,” said Meagan Spiegel, a Seabeck fifth-grader.

Central Kitsap students spent this past week tweaking their performances for the big day.

There were giant cardboard surfboards, guitars, feather- duster hair accessories and plenty of giggled lines and flushed faces as children rehearsed. They will compete against teams from within CKSD, North Kitsap, Chimacum, Tahoma, Peninsula, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Annie Wright School from Tacoma.

Parent and co-team manager Angela Caffrey watched her team “The Fifth Dysfunction” from Seabeck perform their Cartoon DImensions skit. The challenge has them create an original cartoon story, with costumes and characters. The cartoons then come to life as the students act out the characters using sound and visual effects.

“It helps them by giving them confidence doing stuff in front of people. They learn cooperation,” she said.

Seabeck teams will compete for a place at state including “Out of the Box” who are in the UpBeat Improv category. Even though the students and the team managers put in hundreds of hours throughout the year to polish their skills, Destination ImagiNation also builds friendships.

“I like being with other people. I like to make friends,” said sixth-grader Ariana Sheridan.

In the UpBeat Improv challenge, students are given 30 minutes to come up with a story line involving different music genres. The team also must create an instrument.

On Tuesday they performed a skit combining opera and rock and roll.

At Silverdale Elementary, Melissa Dunning’s team “The Snackers” practiced their GuessDImate entry. In that challenge, students build a structure from wood and glue and guess how much weight it will hold. The team must incorporate their structure in a skit. Dunning’s team used Hawaii as their backdrop. Coincidentally a team member will miss the competition because she is visiting Hawaii. They, as did the other teams, thought of the story line themselves.

They will have to contend with Seabeck’s “Barnes Burners” who have been a team for the past three years. Their skit is centered on a wedding.

“Even if we come in last place it’s a good opportunity to learn a lot,” said team manager Teresa Barnes.

To level the playing field a bit an “Instant Challenge” is thrown into the mix. Teams are taken to an undisclosed location of the school and given a challenge to tackle.

Destination ImagiNation is a product of Destination Imagination, Inc. and has participants in 47 states, 15 countries and Canada. Destination Imagination, Inc., a 501C3 non-profit corporation is located in Glassboro, N.J.

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