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Hudson DI teams gear up for regionals

Participating in the recent DI workshop were these members of the Hudson Middle School team. From left are Ellie Johnson, Anna Davenport and Julia Wareham. Not pictured are team members Abbie Draper and Yasha Bol and team managers Liz Malanaphy and Kristen Johnson. Submitted photo1 / 2
These Willow River fifth-graders participated in the recent Destination Imagination workshop. Pictured are, from left, Chloe Kazak, Ben Knoke, Zach Dewey, Harrison Mattern and Jennifer Holter. The team is managed by Jodie Mattern and Jill Knoke. Submitted photo2 / 2

The annual Destination Imagination Instant Challenge Workshop was held recently at North Hudson Elementary School. 

This workshop kicks off the final preparations for teams preparing to participate in regional competition. Teams of all ages take up four or five mini-challenges, five to eight minutes in length. The challenges are designed to get the students to "think on their feet, create on-the-fly and work as a team," organizers say.

Older teams are paired with younger teams to help the less experienced students through the challenges.

This year's regional tournament will be held on March 23 in Hudson. There will be 22 local teams competing at the elementary, middle and high school level. The top three teams in each challenge at each level will advance to the state competition April 13 in Stevens Point. From state, the top three teams in each challenge will advance to the Global Finals competition in Knoxville, Tenn., which are held in late May. 

Hudson teams have competed at the global level for the past 10 consecutive years.

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