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Cloverdale Middle School Curious Clovers Advance To State Contest


Members of the Curious Clovers are pictured above and include, front row, left to right: Annika Whitlock, Hannah Long and Sarah Baker. Back row: Jimmy Tate, Eddie Mannan and Evan Williamson. The team is coached by Mr. Brad Sandy. 
(Courtesy Photo) Members of the Curious Clovers are pictured above and include, front row, left to right: Annika Whitlock, Hannah Long and Sarah Baker. Back row: Jimmy Tate, Eddie Mannan and Evan Williamson. The team is coached by Mr. Brad Sandy. (Courtesy Photo) Cloverdale Community Schools were well represented this past Saturday

February 23) in regional competition in Columbus. All three schools took part in the competition, with the middle school represented by two teams.

The CMS Curious Clovers team of Annika Whitlock, Hannah Long, Sarah Baker, Eddie Mannan, Evan Williamson and Jimmy Tate placed first in the improv challenge.

The high school team, Reality Check Tech, consisting of Dustin Boothby, Travis Roberson, Amanda Phillips, Emily Grove, Caitlyn Gibson and Krystina Woods, placed second in the senior level under the guidance of coach Regina Tate.

Both teams now advance to the state finals competition on April 13 at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers.

Also competing with strong challenge performances were the CES team, WIN”DI” CLOVERS, and the CMS team, Tie- DI Guys.Members of the CES team include Michaela

Nees, Lily Monnett, Phoebe McDonald, Ruthie Mann, Sadie Priest, Autumn Lewellen and Kiara Boyd. The team is coached by Kim Rich and Jessica Fidler.

Members of the TieDI Guys are Elliott Williamson, McKenzie Stoltz, Samantha Shrum, Jaren Rossok, MacKenzie Westell, Grace Long and Tori Combs. This team is coached by Julie Williamson.

In competition, Destination Imagination teams will solve two types of Challenges: Team Challenges and Instant Challenges. Teams will perform their Challenge solutions to a group of Appraisers. Destination Imagination Appraisers are local volunteers who have been trained to assess the Challenges.

During the instant challenge, teams receive an Instant Challenge and the materials with which to solve it. The team members must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a period of just five to eight minutes. In a world with growing cultural connections, increased levels and types of communication, and a new need for real-time team- work and problem solving, the ability to solve problems quickly is becoming increasingly critical. Instant Challenges are performance-based, taskbased, or a combination of the two. Although each Instant Challenge has different requirements, all Instant Challenges reward teams for their teamwork. Instant Challenges are kept confidential until the day of the tournament.

Teams are also tasked with completing a team challenge in several different genres including: fine arts, science, improve, technical or structural. Team solutions are assessed at a regional tournament, a state tournament or Global Finals. Every year, local volunteers help run over 200 Destination Imagination tournaments around the world.

Destination Imagination teams that advance past regional and state/ country (Affiliate) tournaments are invited to participate in Global Finals – the world’s largest celebration of creativity. Global Finals is the culminating event of every Destination Imagination season. In May, over 1,100 teams from teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces and 13 countries gather to showcase their Challenge solutions. Over 15,000 people attend Global Finals to celebrate creativity and have fun. Although it is not a permanent location, it takes place at the University of Tennessee.

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