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Maple Grove, Osseo Senior High Students Win Global DI Title

Jun 15, 2018 06:18AM

Adamson Novak (MGSH), Erin Besser (MGSH), James Pipkin (OSH) and Jess Bray (MGSH)—a.k.a., DIdeas Keep on Comin’—claimed first place in the Secondary Level Fine Arts Challenge at the Destination Imagination Global Finals on May 26 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In late May, four teams of students from ISD 279 - Osseo Area Schools competed at the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

“DIdeas Keep on Comin’”—a team made up of Maple Grove and Osseo senior high students Erin Besser, Jess Bray, Adamson Novak and James Pipkin—  claimed their first world title in the Secondary Level Fine Arts Challenge. Maple Grove Middle School Music Teacher Jody Kinneberg serves as the team’s manager.

The victory for the team was culmination of more than 1,600 hours of work throughout the past nine months.

"This year’s DI Fine Arts Challenge required teams to create and present an eight minute, two act musical. Solutions were assessed by a panel of trained appraisers—ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to engineers—and were scored on a variety of elements such as originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork," according to Osseo Area Schools. 

Other DI teams from Osseo Area Schools which competed in Knoxville included: 

“The Six Smarties” from Rush Creek Elementary tied for 16th place in the Elementary Level Improvisation Challenge (members: Isabel Bauerly, Emma Roach, Sydney Manning, Will Raymond, Makayla Elkins and Mady Nash)

“4 - - Alpha” from Brooklyn Middle STEAM School placed 48th in the Middle Level Scientific Challenge (members: Grace Seifert, Abby Battan, Anna Carstens and Katie Knox)

 “seluR atosenniM” [Minnesota Rules] from Maple Grove Middle School tied for 58th place in the Middle Level Scientific Challenge (members: Eshwar Garlapati, Thomas Botkin, Brayden Kaiser, Cecilia De Oliveira, Kat Klopotek and Gautham Barani)

DI provides students with the opportunity to showcase their innovative solutions in the areas of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning. Each year, more than 150,000 students representing 30 countries participate in DI challenges. After  advancing through their regional and state competitions, more than 1,400 teams from 19 countries competed at the 2018 Global Finals.

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