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Curious Clovers Finish 32nd In Global Mythology Competition

Staff Report


Members of the Curious Clover are pictured above and include, front row, left to right: Hannah Long, Annika Whitlock and Sarah Baker. Back row: Jimmy Tate, Tyce Jackson, Eddie Mannan and Evan Williamson. (Courtesy Photo) Members of the Curious Clover are pictured above and include, front row, left to right: Hannah Long, Annika Whitlock and Sarah Baker. Back row: Jimmy Tate, Tyce Jackson, Eddie Mannan and Evan Williamson. (Courtesy Photo) Cloverdale Elementary’s Curious Clovers recently competed in the Destination Imagination Global finals tournament at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The Clovers competed in the open-solution problem solving competition from Wednesday, May 25th through Sunday, May 29th. The team competed in the Mythology Mission, an improv challenge, along with 77 other teams from far away destinations including: Canada, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Poland and 33 states in the USA. The Destination Imagination Global Tournament found over 11,000 students from elementary age through university age competing for top 10 spots in six different challenge categories. All teams must also complete an instant challenge given to them at the contest.

The Clovers found their instant challenge to be one of great skill. In the center of the room was a leveled water table with four different pools and flowing rapids. The team was to build instruments from a selection of items including: straws, chenille stems, paper towel tube, rubber bands, pencils and paperclips. Once they had built their tools, they then had to move 10 ping-pong balls up a level to the next holding section one at a time.

“All while doing this they had to keep remaining balls in the section and continue this up four levels. The team completed the task with ease and comfort,” coach Brad Sandy said. “An Instant Challenge that required building things had plagued the team at state competition. On an impressive note the team had the 11th highest score on the instant challenge marking a team best. Their coach could not have been more proud of this accomplishment.”

Once awards were handed out for the top 10 overall the Clovers were slightly disappointed not to hear their names called. Results posted after the closing ceremonies though found the Clovers excited with a 32nd place finish beating out the Diamonds from Holy Cross School in Jasper who beat them for the State title. The Diamonds finished 35th overall.

Team members include Sarah Baker, Hannah Long, Annika Whitlock, Tyce Jackson, Jimmy Tate, Evan Williams, and Eddie Mannan.

The Curious Clovers would like to thank the following businesses and people who helped fund their trip to Global Finals. 21st Century Scholars, Mc- Donald’s, Millgrove United Methodist Church, Links Creative Alliance, Cloverdale Lions Club, First National Bank, Summitt Builders, Mrs. Kim Rich, Knowledge Network Solutions, CES and CMS Faculty and Staff, Daryl and Janet Branneman, and Rob and Malinda Mann.

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