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’Creek team places second

May 5, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

WINTERSVILLE - Creativity and imagination were developed recently for a group of Indian Creek fourth- and fifth-graders.

T.C. Chappelear, district assistant superintendent, said group of pupils from Hills Elementary placed second in the Destination Imagination competition held in March at Union Local Middle School.

The pupils include Lanie McKinney, Lyndi Starkey, Amie Smith, Aubri DiCarlo, Cy Fouty, Quarizmah Ratliffe and Jonathan Powers.

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DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAM — A group of fourth- and fifth-graders from Hills Elementary recently placed second in a Destination Imagination competition held at Union Local Middle School. Team members include Lanie McKinney, Lyndi Starkey, Amie Smith, Aubri DiCarlo, Cy Fouty, Quarizmah Ratliffe and Jonathan Powers. -- Contributed

"Destination Imagination is a nonprofit organization set up to help students develop their creativity through participation in various competitions," Chappelear explained. "At these competitions, team members work together to present their chose team challenge, in which members either construct an item to solve a problem or develop a performance. Students are then awarded points on the creativity of their solution and the innovative use of the created elements."

The second part of the competition, Chappelear noted, is titled the instant challenge.

"During this part, the team must think on its feet to come up with a solution to the challenge in a short period of time," he added.

The team from Hills, coached by teacher Georgia Pavlic, was the only representation from Jefferson County and put in several hours to develop their non-verbal skit of a person whom was in disguise. The group was only allowed to use scenery, costumes, movement and sound effects to create the story.

"This team demonstrated its ability to work together to overcome challenges and think on their feet," Chappalear said. "This team was started in an effort to revive the love for creativity in the district, and we are looking forward to expanding the program in the coming years."

 
 

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