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Carter Johnson, in white, and his high school teammates present their interpretation of the classic children's story "Where the Wild Things Are." The team took first place among high-schoolers in the "ViDIo Lit Hits" challenge. The team's challenge was to bring literature alive by retelling it through song and acting. Photo by Randy Hanson

Seven Hudson teams advance to state Destination Imagination contest

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Seven Hudson teams advance to state Destination Imagination contest
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Now it's destination Stevens Point for seven Destination Imagination teams from the Hudson School District.

The seven teams will advance to the state competition April 18 at UW-Stevens Point after placing first or second in their categories at the regional contest Saturday at Hudson Middle and Hudson Prairie Elementary Schools.

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Approximately 65 teams from schools throughout northwestern Wisconsin participated in the day-long competition. Twenty-five of the teams, made up of more than 150 students, were from Hudson.

The participants ranged in age from "Rising Stars" (grades K-2) through high school students.

Destination Imagination is an international program that encourages creativity, teamwork, communication and leadership.

The student teams pick a challenge and present their work on it to the judges in the form of a skit. The educational focus of the challenges varies from structural engineering and construction to strategic planning and theater arts.

The award winners from Hudson were:

  • Elijah Verdoorn, Sam Schommer, Grady Holmes and Dillon Rutten; first place at the middle school level in "Operation Cooperation."
  • Kelsey Robertson, Meghan Olson, Susanne Bushman, Alison Provos, Connor Weiss, Adam Yoerg and Carter Johnson; first place at the high school level in "ViDIo Lit Hits."
  • Ty Davis, Kevin Pelzel, Seana Greene, Abby Duerst and Erin Coyer, first place at the middle school level in the "Instinct Messaging." The team also earned a Renaissance Award for extraordinary effort in engineering design or performance.
  • Kelly Holm, Mady Haines, Maiya Koch, Emma Olson, Kenzie Drace, Sigrid Ellingson and Sarah Potter; first place at the elementary level in "ViDIo Lit Hits."
  • Zach Offner, Natalie Wareham, Kathryn Draper, Sarah Hallen, Parker Jahns, Clara Malanaphy and Akinda Johnson; second place at the middle school level in "ViDIo Lit Hits." The team also earned a Renaissance Award for extraordinary effort in engineering design or performance.
  • Ruby Johnson, Erika Guenther, Brady Mallek, Krista Mathes, Kati Miller, Ian Egeberg and Davis Jackson; second place at the middle school level in "Private DI."
  • Seth Miner, Jaxon Renn, Connor Renn, Parker Lehman, Ryan Harper, Garrett Johnson and Mac Kavaloski; second place at the elementary level in "Operation Cooperation."
  • Maddie Zamzow, Justine Ploeger, Fiona Greene, Marissa Johnston, Laura Cardell and A.J. Barthman from Hudson Prairie and E.P. Rock elementary schools received a Spirit of DI Award for outstanding spirit and teamwork.
  • Ellie Davenport, a fifth-grader at Willow River Elementary, received a Spirit of DI Award for the second year in a row.

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    Randy Hanson
    Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
    (715) 426-1066
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