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EAMS and EAHS win big at Destination ImagiNation state competition

Apr 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page, News

April 26, 2012— Four teams of students from Elizabethtown Area Middle School and one team from Elizabethtown Area High School recently placed first at the Pennsylvania Destination ImaginNation tournament qualifying them for the global finals to be held in Knoxville, TN later this spring. Destination ImagiNation is the largest creative problem-solving organization in the world. Participants solve various challenges using technical, theatrical, structural, improvisational, or scientific skills. It is designed to develop problem solving skills, teamwork, and creative thinking skills.

The middles school team of Emily VanderMey, Sean Mooney, Aparna Paul, Emily Reiner, Erin Mickiewicz, and Simon Munyan and the high school team of Betsy Reiner, Robbie Corbin, Maura Fertich, Justin Mader, Amar Paul, and John Hernley won the Twist-o-Rama category at their respective levels. The concept was to build a structure that could hold weight and to incorporate it into a skit.

The middle school team of Brent Fausnacht, Jacob Heffner, Evan McElheney, Gabriel Hurst, and Kira Hughes triumphed in the In the Zone category. For this project, the team had to design and build small vehicles that were reliable using at least three different power sources and to incorporate it into a skit.

The middle school team of Tom Maloney, Olivia Hershey, Emily Olyer, Dimitri Gonzales, Elizabeth Mehesy, and Isabelle Mumma took top honors in the Wind Visible category. This challenge consisted of changing wind energy into kinetic energy to make art move and present an original story that features the invisible visitor – wind energy.

The middle school team of Kaitlyn Babinchak, Luke Schaffer, James Fuglstad, Nicole Hetrick, Katy Shenk, and Kyra Buettner placed first in the In Disguise category. This fine arts challenge involved the students presenting a story about a character that uses disguise by creating at least two masks that enhance the story.

At the global finals, which will be held May 22 through May 25, the five teams from Elizabethtown will compete against teams from all over the country and world. To prepare for the competition, the teams are working on refining and tweaking their central challenges in preparation for the global competition. The team is also fund raising to cover the costs of their trip. For questions about the Destination ImagiNation program and general support, contact Mike Sernoffsky by email at and/or visit the DI website at

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