IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Two Destination Imagination teams from Main Street School took top honors at the regional tournament, held recently at Mercy College, and have advanced to the state tournament, which will be held in Binghamton next month.
The Fantastic Fiolians took first place in the Get a Clue category, while the Imaginators placed second in the Meme category.
“I knew we were a strong team, but you never know how advanced your opponents are going to be,” said fifth-grader Anya Murphy, a member of the Fantastic Fiolians. “If you play soccer, you may have played that team before, but with Destination Imagination, you really don’t know about your competition because you’ve never met them or seen their work.”
For their project, the Fantastic Fiolians created a mystery story that was set in Egypt in 1323 B.C. and featured three suspect characters. The students conducted research on the selected time period in order to write the script and create all of the props and scenery. The fifth-graders said they used their imagination and individual talents to create the characters, storyline, props and scenery from scratch.
The Imaginators, a group of fourth-graders, raised $620 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which supports children with cancer. Prior to the tournament, team members built and set up a stand in their school cafeteria, where they sold cups of lemonade during lunch.
At the tournament, the students presented their project and demonstrated how they can help fight pediatric cancer through community service.
“Through Destination Imagination, we learned how to solve problems, but I also learned so much about my teammates and how we all think differently,” said fifth-grader Morgan Balkin, a member of the Fantastic Fiolians.
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