You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myDaytonDailyNews.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myDaytonDailyNews.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myDaytonDailyNews.com.

breaking news

Dayton man accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria

6 local school districts reach national academic competition


Fifteen teams from local schools have advanced to the global finals of the Destination Imagination team challenge, a competition where students research, design and execute a solution to a problem.

All but one of the 15 local teams advancing are from Dayton’s south suburbs — four from Centerville schools, three each from Miamisburg and Oakwood, two from Springboro, and one each from Kettering, Incarnation Catholic School, and Tri-Village in Darke County.

RELATED: Dayton approves $34M funding plan for preschool

Those 15 teams first had to advance out of a regional tournament, then finished in the top three in the statewide Destination Imagination (DI) competition earlier this month. Cinda Weisgerber, Ohio affiliate director for DI, said Ohio had over 700 teams compete this year, split between elementary, middle and high school levels.

The local students will join about 8,000 others from at least 15 countries to compete at the global finals May 24-27 at the University of Tennessee.

“We are so proud of all of the teams and the hard work and creativity they displayed,” said Miamisburg schools gifted coordinator Haley Moore. “Miamisburg Destination Imagination has had an amazing season so far.”

RELATED: Teachers’ pension plan takes a hit

The national DI organization releases challenge topics in seven categories — engineering, technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, service learning, and the early learning challenge. Student teams generally spend a few months working on their projects under parent and teacher managers before presenting them at tournaments.

The technical challenge called for teams to design and build a stage that can move performers, then present a show featuring an opening act and a headliner, with special effects. The improvisational challenge had teams create three improvisational skits from a single story prompt, presenting each one in a different performance genre with a different stock character and props in each skit.

Five local teams came in first place in their categories and age levels at the state tournament — Springboro Junior High and Miamisburg High School in the scientific challenge, Incarnation Elementary in the fine arts challenge, Miamisburg Middle School in the improvisational challenge, and a Centerville middle school team in the service learning challenge.

RELATED: Teacher pay varies dramatically by local district

A team from Southdale Elementary is Kettering’s first-ever team to reach the global level. Their service learning challenge combined work done earlier — a schoolwide food drive that collected 2,883 items and $157 for a Kettering food pantry — with a fable-style skit about hunger’s impact on the community.

Destination Imagination officials call their tournaments “the ultimate celebration of creativity and innovation,” using project-based learning to teach students problem-solving and perseverance skills needed to succeed in school, careers and life.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Railroad work causing West Carrollton road closure starting Monday
Railroad work causing West Carrollton road closure starting Monday

Part of Alex Road in West Carrollton is set to close starting Monday as Norfolk Southern Railroad Co. works on a crossing. The closing through May 12 involves Alex south of Dixie Drive. Detour signs routes will be posted. For drivers heading northbound on Alex, all vehicles can use Kimberly Lane to access Alex-Bell Road, with a right-turn only, toward...
New Montgomery County judge to be sworn in
New Montgomery County judge to be sworn in

The oath of office for new Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Erik R. Blaine will be at 4 p.m. May 18. The ceremony will be in Courtroom 4 on the third floor of the Montgomery County Courts Building at 41 North Perry St. EARLIER: Governor names new Montgomery County judge Blaine, 2006 University of Dayton law school graduate, was appointed...
Hershey getting health conscious, cutting chocolate calories by 2022
Hershey getting health conscious, cutting chocolate calories by 2022

The Hershey Co. is promising to make major changes in the calorie count of some of its chocolate snacks. The company announced last week that it wants to cut the calories in 50 percent of its standard and king-size confectionary snacks by 2022, and include easier-to-read nutrition labels on the front of 100 percent of its standard and king-size packaging...
Taylor Communications to move workers downtown
Taylor Communications to move workers downtown

Taylor Communications, the former operations of Standard Register, plans to move some of its 700 workers to a vacant downtown office tower, bringing more jobs into the region’s largest employment center. The print and digital communications company says it will relocate some of its workforce from Albany Street into the 11-story building at 111...
Middletown foundation awards nearly $100K in grants
Middletown foundation awards nearly $100K in grants

The Middletown Community Foundation board of directors approved nearly $100,000 in grants to 14 local organizations, said Executive Director T. Duane Gordon. The largest grant, worth $20,000, was granted to People Working Cooperatively, a group that repairs homes for Middletown-area families. Three other groups — the Atrium Medical Foundation...
More Stories