LIBERTYVILLE – Students from two Libertyville Elementary District 70 teams involved in an international problem-solving program, Destination Imagination, placed in the top 20 in the world when they represented their schools in the global competition.
Destination Imagination challenges students in problem-solving techniques. This year, students from Adler Park, Butterfield, Copeland Manor, Rockland and Highland Middle made up 23 DI teams to compete in the regional competition, with eight of those teams placing in the top three slots to complete on the state level. Two teams competed in the world competition known as the Globals, which took place May 23 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.
Competing on the Elementary School level for the fine arts Change of Tune challenge was Butterfield School team DIentific Four. The team created and presented a musical that included a change in plans. The team placed 14th out of 83 world teams. Members of the team were Bryce Dusault, Alex Brown, Olivia Flayter and Olivia Steffensen, with parent manager Jessica Brown.
In the Middle School level for the technical Maze, Craze challenge was the Highland Middle School team Fill In Here. In the challenge, the team designed and built a device to navigate a tournament-provided maze and built a prop that transformed in the maze. The team placed 15th out of 61 world teams. Team members were Chase Houser, Elias Irizi, Noah Scally, Eric Sparks and Ryan Tanzer, with parent managers Vicky Sparks and Greg Sparks.