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Malone DI teams excel at Global Finals

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PRESCOTT--On May 20, Malone Elementary School in Prescott cheered as two DI teams from the school boarded a coach bus on their way down to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in the Destination Imagination Global Finals.

They earned this privilege at the Wisconsin State DI competition on April 12.

The competition was steep at Global Finals. There were more than 1,400 teams from all over the world.

There were 92 Elementary Improv teams competing in the Pandemonium Challenge. The Crazy Flum-Dumpgins team, whose team managers were Tina Stenroos and Melyssa Rice, placed 45 out of the 92 teams. The team members were Elsie Dempsey-Rice, Shay Stenroos, Savannah Fiedler, Piper Petroske, Grace Gale and Morgan Lundeen.

Their challenge was to research different eras, different careers in those eras and different make-up techniques. The officials randomly chose one item from each category and the team had five minutes to come up with their skit to present. With this challenge, they really had to think on their feet, and they were very excited to put their skit together and present it to the audience.

The P Town Power Builders competed against 78 other elementary teams in the Tension Builds challenge. They had to build a structure out of wood and fishing line, and the structure was tested to see how much weight it could hold. While they were testing the structure, they also put on a skit about some tension happening between characters. Their structure weighed only 33 grams and held 465 pounds!

This team placed eighth in the world! The members were: Trent Koukal, Max Lamb, Gabbi Gujer, Erin Boatman, Brady Lenz, Will Simkins and Sophia Lebakken, and their team managers were Dan Koukal and Chris Lamb.

While at Global Finals, the teams met several people from different countries through pin trading, an international passport party and instant challenges. They created costumes out of duct tape and helped set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing duct tape costumes.

The teams also were able to explore exhibits from NASA, 3M, National Geographic and others where they had to use their imaginations to solve challenges. They also participated in the 3M Explore the Uncharted and helped create a commercial for the Knoxville area. The teams had a lot of fun, but were very tired when they arrived back at Malone Elementary on May 25!