HAMPSTEAD – Destination Imagination (DI) finals are over, and 40 New Hampshire teams have qualified to go on to the Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on May 21. Among those 40 are two from Hampstead Academy and three from Pinkerton Academy, all with ties to Hampstead.
Hampstead Academy’s Stacy Kutzleman said the school’s two teams placed second in their divisions Saturday at the state competition, and will be moving on to the Globals.
Cathy Lamy’s team of Kedai Wei, Abby Stallings, Ellie Small and Nick Lamy, and the team coached by Charlene DeCesare and Bethany Constance, and consisting of Makayla DeCesare, Rasika Iyer and Eliya-Quaye Constance, not only took second place, but won the DaVinci Award for creativity.
The DaVinci Award presentation said of the Hampstead Academy middle level Pandemonium – Who is this character? Team, “the two sides of the solution were highly memorable and spilled over onto the appraisal table. A monstrous performance by a tiny team ‘wowed’ the audience with their portrayal of multiple characters; fast-moving, risk-taking and humorous scenes created a unique performance.”
Martha Pond said the three Pinkerton Academy teams all qualified for Globals as well. “It was a great day for Pinkerton Academy Destination Imagination,” she said. “All three teams placed second in their respective challenges and qualified for the Global Finals. Each team improved the performance from the regional tournament. The kids performed so well, and really represented Pinkerton well. Pinkerton was the only school to send three teams on to the global competition.
“The kids have worked very hard since October, and especially over the last two weeks since Regionals, to improve their solutions and address any weaknesses,” Pond said. “We are very proud of them. For some of them, it will be their sixth trip to Globals, and for others, the first. It doesn’t get old.”
The Pinkerton teams going to Global finals are:
• On A Tuesday Night With A Full Moon (OATNWAFM). Manager is Mike Levin of Hampstead, and members are Brendan Mullaney and Ashley Prokopik of Auburn; Emily Costello, Jackie Pearson, and David Pearson of Chester; and Morgan Freeley and Noah Levin of Hampstead. Brendan and Noah are long-time DI kids, but this is only the second year for the others. Brendan, Ashley, Emily, Jackie, and Noah are seniors, Morgan is a sophomore, and David is a freshman. This team formed last year, and this year added David and Morgan, who was part of the improv team last year.
• How Many Dragons Have You Fought (Dragons) – Manager is Chris Pond of Hampstead, and members are Noah Levin, Gannon Pond, and Nikhyl Sud of Hampstead; and Solon Rawson, Andrew Cunningham, Kyle Moran, and Shawn Grinnell of Derry. Noah, Gannon, and Nikhyl are seniors, Solon and Shawn are juniors, and Andrew and Kyle are sophomores. This is the third year this team has competed at the technical challenge, and they finished 13th at the Globals last year. Shawn and Kyle are new to DI and new to the team this year.
• Kamikaze Organization of Ducks (Ducks) – Manager is Chris Pond of Hampstead, and members are Noah Levin, Gannon Pond, Nikhyl Sud, Olivia Lariviere, and Danielle Low of Hampstead, and Aiden Mason of Derry. This is the long-running Hampstead team, having competed in DI since members were in elementary school as a team. Aiden joined last year.
A team of Chester Academy fifth graders calling themselves The 7 Amigos placed seventh in their challenge, Going to Extremes. DI leaders said the team had a great time at the States, regardless of not moving on to Globals.