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TISD Students Advance to Destination Imagination State Tournament

TOMBALL - Imagination and creativity were at an all-time high as Tomball ISD students excelled in the North Harris County Destination Imagination Regional Tournament in February. Four teams from TISD earned their way to the State Tournament set for March 22-24 in Corpus Christi.

The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning.

Tomball ISD was well-represented across the region and came away with four State-Qualifying teams. Each team is composed of seven talented TISD students and are led by Team Managers. The teams work on their respective projects over a 2-4 month period and are judged on their challenge category within their challenge level.

These open-ended projects are challenges that align to student interests as well as educational standards and are categorized as such: technical, scientific, structural, fine arts, improvisational, service learning/project outreach, early learning/rising stars, and instant challenge.

Through these challenges, students are able to learn about the creative process from imagination to innovation. They garner the ability to recognize, imagine, initiate and collaborate as well as assess, evaluate and celebrate before presenting their projects at the regional, state and potential global level.

Tomball ISD will be represented at the State level in late March by these four teams:

Rosehill Elementary:  ”Sparkling Seven”
1st place - Game On AND DaVinci award for Team Challenge
Students: Abby Wolfe, Addison Goytia, Megan Pace, Camy Yeatman, Georgia Hornes, Norah Waggoner, Annalee Slaughter
Team Manager: Elizabeth Clark, Co-manager: Janice Waggoner (parent)
Northpointe Intermediate  ”Destination Gamers”
1st place - Game On & High Instant Challenge
Students: Ava Seufert, Joshua Miller, Prathik Mandala, Ved Nekkalapudi, Kyle Matheson, Zane Eicholz
Team Manager: Laura Lange, Co-manager: Sheri Mohle
Tomball Elementary:  ”Fantastic Seven”
2nd place - Monster Effects
Students: Claire Zwerneman, Trent Grange, Kaleb Howland, Rani Vasireddy, Klaire Butts, Emma Grostabussiat, Dawson Siegert
Team Manager: Lisa Jensen, Co-manager: Meagan Busby
Tomball Junior High:  ”American Goat Lines”
1st place - On Target & High Instant Challenge
Students: Lorelei Reznicek, Stephen Watson, Logan Brown, Kirsten Loun, Serenity Cundiff, Peyton Smith, Dylan Cundiff
Team Manager: Kim Jackson

The mission of Texas Destination Imagination is to inspire the community of learners in Texas to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.
Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 17,000 students at 20 campuses.