Destination Imagination Teams Compete at State; Three Qualify to Advance to Global Competition

Four Destination Imagination teams, representing Alexandria Public Schools Community Education, competed recently in the Minnesota State Competition in Champlin Park. Three teams qualified to advance to the global competition, May 22-25 in Kansas City, MO.

Destination Imagination is a creative problem solving team challenge held annually through the Alexandria Public Schools Community Education program in which teams choose an open-ended problem to solve in one of six areas: Technology, Scientific, Engineering, Community Service, Fine Arts and Improv.

The team named “Crazy A’s” competed in the Scientific challenge, in which team members combined the curiosity of scientific research with the creative expression of performance art. The team is managed by Heather Fernholz and includes team member’s Macie Fernholz, Cadence Simon, Ellie Schutz, Makayla Peterson, Bria Burginger, and Markelle Burginger. This team placed 3rd and qualified for the global finals.

The team named “Nacho Normal Team” competed in the Technical Challenge where students are prompted to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.  This team, managed by Jessica Srock, included team members Gavin Srock, Andy Wacek, Addy Thompson, Grady Starzl, Brooke Krasky, and Natalie Travis.  This team also placed 3rd and qualified for the global finals.

The two teams of “Impassable Fruit Kabobs” and “The Future Mystery of DI” competed in the Fine Arts challenge, in which team members develop acting and creative skills through artistic media, theater arts, script writing, and prop design. The team of “Impassable Fruit Kabobs” managed by Lindsay Auran, included team members Adeline Auran, Briggs Hochhalter, Alaina Loosbrock, Madalyn Gimbel, Levi Preston, Will Borden, and Maggie Sundby. This team placed 1st and qualified for the global finals. The team of “The Future Mystery of DI” managed by Tony Baune and Dan Oberg, included team members Austin Baune, Isaac Tewes, Micah Walswick, Myles Frueh, and Hunter Miller.

Fundraisers to offset travel expenses for the qualifying DI teams attending Global Finals are planned at the Corral in Nelson on Thursday, May 2nd from 5-8pm and at Eldens on April 6th from 11am-1pm and April 13th from 11am-3pm. 

To learn more about Destination Imagination and the Global Finals, visit