First place –  Now On To State!


CCV DI Team – First Place


We are very excited to announce that our team, from Cripple Creek/Victor JH/SH won first place for their presentation of “In It Together” at the Destination Imagination Regional Competition on February 25nd at Summit Elementary School in Divide, Colorado.  The students participating were:  Jacob Walinski, Sarah Wuellner, Alex Best, Hannah Border, Gabriel Patterson.

The students have worked very hard as a team all school year and put together a strong presentation.  They created their own props, wrote their own story, designed a weight-bearing structure and worked as a team to solve an impromptu problem.

DI competition First Place winners

DI competition

Their 8-minute skit was written to solve a world problem involving two nations.  Over the past several months they wrote, rewrote and revised their script until they were satisfied that it would meet the Destination Imagination requirements.  As a result of their hard work, they not only earned First Place in the competition, but they learned to work together, to collaborate, to reach their common goals.

The state competition will take place on April 22nd at the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver, CO.  We wish them all the best of luck!

What is Destination Imagination?

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. We develop project-based learning programs that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.

Through our programs, students use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality and learn invaluable skills through the process including:

  • Creative & Critical Thinking
  • Team Building

    DI Competition - Divide First Place

    DI Competition – Divide

  • Problem Solving
  • Risk Taking
  • Project Management
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Confidence

For more information about Destination Imagination, click here.

Submitted by:

Vickie Cooper
Teacher, CC-V School District

Four Teams From CC-V School District Compete In The Pikes Peak Destination Imagination Tournament

Destination Imagination Competition Challenges Local Students

Destination Imagination Students

Destination Imagination Students

The Pikes Peak Regional Destination Imagination Tournament was hosted last weekend by Thunder Ridge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  This year the Pikes Peak Region was combined with the South Metro Region for the competition composed of one hundred forty teams.   Four teams from Cripple Creek/Victor School District competed in the tournament-two teams at the secondary level and two teams from Cresson Elementary. The CCV  High School team of Lola Botero, Patrick Evans, Nik Linenberger, Sarah Heida, Jonathan Weidman, and Sarah Elizaldi finished first over-all in the Improvisational Challenge and earned the right to
represent the Pikes Peak Region at State Finals hosted this year at Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado, April 12th.  A second high school team consisting of Jasmine Mondragon, Eli Ravage, Jessica Seney, and Sebastian Steele took second place in the Scientific Challenge and also will represent our region at State Finals in Denver.  Two teams from Cresson Elementary also competed in the Improvisational Challenge.  “The Unknown,” consisting of Sarah Wuellner, Alex Best, Chloe Richards, Dylan Lawson, and Emily Wright placed third.  “The Epics” from Cresson consisting of Mackenzie Sturgill, Houston Roberson, Elora Probyn, and Sicily Romero placed fourth.

D.I. is an international organization designed for students of all ages all over the world.  It promotes and develops teamwork, problem solving and creative thinking skills.  Every year, D.I. offers five challenges from which teams of up to seven members choose one to solve.  They include a variety of challenges consisting of technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, and structure building and testing.   The team spends all year designing their solution and presentation.

The second part of D.I. is called Instant Challenge and comprises one-third of a team’s score.  In this challenge, each team competing is given a previously undisclosed problem to solve in less than five minutes.  This challenge tests the creative, on-the-spot thinking and problem solving skills of the team.

Colorado Destination Imagination consists of ten regions and the very best of each region is invited to compete at the State Tournament in April.  The winners of this tournament will then compete at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville at the Global Finals Tournament held in May.  Teams from every state and from twenty- six different  countries compete in this global event.

We are very proud of our teams and wish them luck as they compete in the State Tournament, April 12th.

Guest Author:  Loyd Mowery