Students and families at and Neill Elementary School have a double reason to be proud, both Minnesota Destination Imagination (DI) teams placed first in state in their category and are headed to the Global Tournament.
It’s the second year in a row that some of the teams’ members are headed to that destination.
The Plymouth Middle School Pink Ladies team of Mia Hanson, Alyssa Egstad, Ciarra Fagerlie, Kelly Mikkelson, and Leah Baker will use their experience from the Global competition last year as part of the Neill DI team to help them this year, along with new teammates Julia Roston and Alexa Johnson.
The team of all girls scored a perfect score on their instant challenge at the state DI tournament, and with the improvements they made on their team challenge from the regional tournament, they improved their performance score dramatically. When the team heard their name announced as state champions, even one team member on crutches didn’t slow down their run to the stage.
Heidi and Todd Roston, who coach the Pink Ladies, are first time coaches of DI, but have been parent supporters of the program for five years.
“We are thrilled and so proud of both teams," Heidi said.
The Neill DI team, The Ostriches, also has a team member returning to Globals – Ali Roston, along with six new members: Natalie Kohn, Amya Enna, Abby Sobol, Henry Hubred, Simon Hanson and Ben Egstad. Their coach, Ken Strand, coached the team to Globals last year, and is very impressed with this year’s team.
“The team worked hard on their solution, and came up with a very unique presentation," saidStrand. “I’m very proud of the work both teams accomplished.”
The teams are busy planning fundraisers to help them get to Knoxville, Tennessee, where the Global DI Tournament will take place later this spring.
(Information provided by a Robbinsdale Area Schools press release.)