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Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State Competition

(KATY ISD) - On Feb. 25, 135 Katy ISD Destination Imagination teams showcased their imagination and creativity at the annual Destination Imagination Gulf Coast Regional Tournament. Elementary, junior high and high school students from Katy, Fort Bend, Cy-Fair and Lamar Consolidated independent school districts, as well as several private schools, participated in the tournament held at Mayde Creek High School.

“Winning the Destination Imagination regional competition and now advancing to the state-level event is a testament to the hard work and teamwork these students have exercised throughout this school year,” said Dr. Joan Otten, director of the Gifted/Talented & Advanced Academics Department at Katy ISD. “Katy ISD is proud to have students from across the district participate in this momentous tournament that will impact their future.”

Last year, 13 Katy ISD teams advanced to the state level. This year, 22 teams are headed to the Lone Star Finals State Tournament to be held on March 24-25 in Arlington. Additionally, Katy ISD had senior-level teams compete in an advanced instant challenge called “Extreme.” The team known as “Crash Test Dummies” from Seven Lakes High School won second place and will advance to state.

Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity and teamwork. In preparation for a tournament, students choose a “Challenge,” prepare a solution to the challenge, and present their solution in a highly creative skit.

Additionally, all teams participate in an “Instant Challenge,” which is a test of their improvisational skills. Their final score is a combination of the two events. More than 100,000 students in more than 30 countries participate in Destination Imagination annually.


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