The Insomniacs four team membersNine teams of middle, elementary and senior high students from Osseo Area Schools will put their creativity and problem-solving skills to the test at the Minnesota Destination Imagination (DI) State Tournament on March 23 in Brooklyn Park.

Aside from medals and bragging rights, these 47 students are also vying for spots at the DI Global Finals, held May 22-25 in Kansas City, Missouri. The state's top three finishers in each category at the elementary, middle and secondary levels will earn the right to compete against teams from around the world in Kansas City.

Osseo teams that placed first or second at the regional competition and advanced to state this weekend are:

Fernbrook Elementary
DI Besties
(first place at regionals in the Fine Arts category)

  • Team members: Maggie Howell, Sydney Lieser, Nora Schaefer and Ella Schumacher
  • Coaches: Courtney Chapple and Jessica Spurrell

Rush Creek Elementary
The Six Smarties
(first place at regionals in the Improvisation category)

  • Team members: Isabel Bauerly, Makayla Elkins, Madelyn Good, Sydney Manning, Mady Nash and Emma Roach
  • Coach: Laura Thompson

Super 7 Sensations (second place at regionals in the Improvisation category)

  • Team members: Summer Glover, Carly Krier, Evie Nelson, Adele Noble, Lilah Resman, Tanya Sai and Stasia Zebrev
  • Coach: Laura Thompson

Weaver Lake Elementary
Brainstorm Troopers
(second place at regionals in the Engineering category)

  • Team members: Sebastian Bodin, Serani Hassan, Landon Koster, Sierra Madden, Samuel Meier, Emmaus Olson and Natalie Vuong
  • Coaches: Mary Brimacomb and Myla Meier

Maple Grove Middle School
The Insomniacs
(first place at regionals in the Fine Arts category)

  • Team members: Grace LaTourelle, Lydia Moser, Adella Mulawarman and Sammy Swensson
  • Coaches: Jody Kinneberg, Sam Bostrom and Haley Travis-Eull

I AM A TEAM (second place at regionals in the Scientific category)

  • Team members: Gautham Barani, CeCe De Oliveira, Eshwar Garlapati, Isaiah Johnson and Kat Klopotek
  • Coaches: Jody Kinneberg, Sam Bostrom and Haley Travis-Eull

Gentlemen Boys (first place at regionals in the Improvisation category)

  • Team members: Ryan Ault, Samuel DeRusha, Seth DeRusha, Jake Kilander and Mark Stanley
  • Coaches: Jody Kinneberg, Sam Bostrom and Haley Travis-Eull

Freesh Avacadoo (second place at regionals in the Improvisation category)

  • Team members: Connor Elfstrand, Laeney Gallagher, Rohith Garlapati, Owen Grismer, Miel Honeck and Charlotte Woods
  • Coaches: Jody Kinneberg, Sam Bostrom and Haley Travis-Eull

Park Center Senior High
The Third Charm
(second place at regionals in the Technical challenge)

  • Team members: Abby Battan, Anna Carstens and Grace Seifert
  • Coach: Angie Vivatson

Destination Imagination is a creative problem-solving challenge competition that seeks to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Challenges incorporate STEM, improvisation, performing arts and visual arts skills; each challenge is open-ended and enables teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. In working to solve their challenges, students build confidence and creativity and hone skills like collaboration, communication and critical thinking. Learn more.

PHOTO: "The Insomniacs" from Maple Grove Middle School placed first in the middle-level Fine Arts category at the 2019 Minnesota Destination Imagination West Metro Regional Tournament on Feb. 23. Team members Grace LaTourelle, Lydia Moser, Adella Mulawarman and Sammy Swensson will compete at the state tournament on March 23. View all the team photos on Facebook

Logo SqWebOsseo Area Schools is in its final year of a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that provides free enrichment opportunities to youth at four centers: Brooklyn Middle, North View Middle, TreeHouse, and Zanewood Recreation Center. The purpose of 21st Century programs is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with enrichment opportunities during non-school hours (before or after school) or periods when school is not in session (summer).

This spring, district staff will apply for another 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to continue offering programming for youth in grades 6-12 at no cost to participants. Over the past few years, students at these centers have participated in activities including academic supports, enrichment opportunities, homework help, music exploration, leadership skill development, physical activities, and more. 

Since grant activities are focused on students who live in and around the centers listed above, grant staff is interested in learning about other activities that students, families, and staff would like to see offered in their community. If you live or work near Brooklyn Middle, North View Middle, Treehouse, or Zanewood Recreation Center, please share your ideas through this survey.

For additional information or questions, please contact Carrie Cabe at 763.391.7142.