Sacred Hearts students participate in Destination ImagiNation Global Finals Print
Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Two Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams from Sacred Hearts School in Sun Prairie qualified at the recent state tournament for the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

The two teams were made up of middle school students, who joined students from 48 states and 30 countries for the Global Finals, which ran May 24 to 27 at the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville. In all, over 8,000 students competed in seven different challenge categories.

Program in ninth year

Sacred Hearts School is in its ninth year of providing this after-school co-curricular to fourth through eighth graders.

The program combines many elements of a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum.

Students build their problem solving, creativity, and teamwork skills to meet specific challenges.

How teams placed

Of the two teams that participated at the international competition, the improvisational challenge team placed in the top 20 of over 70 middle school teams, and the engineering team placed sixth of over 70 teams.

The engineering team also won the coveted "Spirit of DI" award for presenting their structural challenge with an accompanying story in which characters traveled the world to find new ways for a deaf woman to experience music. The story was told in English and American Sign Language, and was accompanied by a light show and dance. The students were able to accept their award onstage among a crowd of over 13,000 people at the UT arena.

"We are so proud of all of our Destination Imagination teams," said Kim Frederick, principal of Sacred Hearts School. "This is the ninth year that we've sent at least two Improv Challenge teams to the finals. The students do extensive research in their challenges and practice for months to prepare for these competitions."

She said that as much asIteams prepare, there are unknown elements given at the competition that force the teams to think on their feet, work together, and devise creative approaches to problem solving. Students are judged on their teamwork, creativity, humor, and ability to work in all elements of their skit.


Youth Calendar:

There are no upcoming events currently scheduled.
- View full calendar
Please support our advertisers:
About the Youth Page

How do kids your age live out their Catholic faith?

Check out this new Catholic Herald Youth Online Web page to find out!

This Web page is a place for youth in the Diocese of Madison and beyond to learn about their faith, see how others are living out their faith, and voice their own thoughts on Catholic issues.

You, too, can be a part of this Web page. Just submit articles and photos to: Catholic Herald Youth Online, 702 S. High Point Rd., Suite 121, Madison, WI 53719. If you send articles or photos via e-mail, put "Online Youth" in the subject line and send it to: info@madison   Digital photos must be in TIFF or JPEG format and at least 150 dpi.

We look forward to hearing from you!