Emerald Heights scores at DI globals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Destination ImagiNation team from Emerald Heights Elementary didn’t care about getting an award at the global finals at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, last week. Instead, they decided to make a statement which paid off with a fourth place tie in the Live! It’s RaDIo DI! competition and, to boot, a coveted DaVinci Award.

The DaVinci Award is given to honor creativity in Destination ImagiNation. In the competitions, the students are given a situation and have a set time to come up with a solution. In the case of the Emerald Heights team, they had to create a skit.

With their skit, the students decided to focus on a serious topic: Bullying.

“That’s just a huge win for these kids,” said team coach Diane Winger. “What they decided to do — they didn’t want to concentrate on winning a place, they wanted to concentrate on putting out a message. The bullying came from a personal experience from a team member.”

Only 10 DaVinci Awards were handed out at the competition.

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