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Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Win Top Spots in Global Tournament

After two years of participating in online Destination Imagination (DI) Global Tournaments, 12 Katy ISD teams traveled to Kansas City, Missouri on May 21-24 to participate in the one-of-a-kind educational event.  After four days of creativity and connection, five Katy ISD schools placed within the top five spots in their respective categories.  The Improv Einsteins from Shafer Elementary won second place in the competition, while Exley Elementary DInoMite placed third, Morton Ranch Junior High The Nerd Herd placed fourth and Alexander Elementary Rumbling Rockets along with Beckendorff Junior High Off Topic earned fifth place. 

Congratulations to the following Katy ISD Destination Imagination teams:

School

Team Name

Challenge

Ranking

Shafer Elementary

The Improv Einsteins

Improv – Festival Frenzy

2nd Place

Exley Elementary

DinoMite

Scientific – Up Close

3rd Place

Morton Ranch Junior High

The Nerd Herd

Improv – Festival Frenzy

4th Place

Alexander Elementary

Rumbling Rockets

Engineering – Roll with It

5th Place

Beckendorff Junior High

Off Topic!

Service – For the Future

5th Place

Campbell Elementary

Golden Thinkers

Technical – Daring Escape

6th Place

Seven Lakes High

Houston, We Have a Problem

Fine Arts – Tricky Tales

6th Place

Seven Lakes High

Frenzied Revelers

Improv – Festival Frenzy

9th Place

Griffin Elementary

The Microscopic Masterminds

Scientific – Up Close

9th Place

Bryant Elementary

The Improvables

Improv – Festival Frenzy

11th Place

Shafer Elementary

The Daredevils

Technical – Daring Escape

15th Place

Shafer Elementary

Creative Crew

Scientific – Up Close

17th Place

Team Nerd Herd from Morton Ranch Junior High won a special award for their Flipgrid video submission, which was an additional challenge for teams.  Katy ISD students competed with teams from across the United States as well as China, Korea, Mexico, Canada and many other countries. 

“Katy ISD students were ready to demonstrate their creativity and innovation in person. As they entered the Kansas City Convention Center, they were embraced with a wealth of ideas from teams from around the world,” said Dr. Joan Otten, Director of Gifted & Talented/Advanced Academics Department. “To see 12 Katy ISD teams compete in the global tournament is a true inspiration and speaks volumes of the talent in our students,” added Otten. 

Destination Imagination is a worldwide creative problem-solving organization that teaches students the skills needed to succeed in school, career and beyond.  Students use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality and learn valuable skills such as creative and critical thinking, team building, problem-solving and project management. 

Photos of 2022 Global Destination Imagination Teams