Written by Phil Cerroni
Seventy-seven Irving ISD teams traveled to Grapevine-Colleyville to participate in the Mid-Cities Regional Destination Imagination Tournament on Feb. 23.
Teams, composed of anywhere from two to seven students, have worked for the past few months on a team challenge that required collaboration, problem-solving, and creativity. Although sponsored by an Irving teacher, students worked through their challenge without any influence from their team manager. At the tournament, students presented their solution to a team of appraisers and competed in an instant challenge as well. Scores from the two challenges were combined to determine placement.
Sixty-nine Irving teams entered at the competitive level, hoping for a chance to advance to the state tournament in April. Of the sixty-nine teams, fifty-one of them placed (medals are awarded to the top six teams in each challenge at each level). Out of those fifty-one teams, seven will be going to the state tournament in Katy, TX, on April 12 - 13. The following campuses have teams moving on: Johnston Elementary, Bowie Middle School, Crockett Middle School, MacArthur High School, and Jack E. Singley Academy, who has three teams moving on to state. This is the second year for teams from both Johnston and Bowie to win a place at the state tournament and the fifth year at least one Singley team has advanced. This will be the first time for MacArthur and Crockett.
Three teams received additional recognition for their efforts and outstanding imagination, creativity, and originality. Teams from Townsell, Lamar, and MacArthur were all recognized for their outstanding achievements.
In addition to the sixty-nine teams that participated at the competitive level, Irving also had eight Rising Stars teams made up of kindergarten, first and second grade students.
Source: Irving ISD