rush creek destination imagination team the six smartiesAfter getting a taste of international Destination Imagination (DI) competition for the first time last year, “The Six Smarties” from Rush Creek Elementary capped another impressive season with a third place finish at the 2019 DI Global Finals in late May.

Competing against 65 other teams from across the U.S. and around the world, The Six Smarties impressed the judges in the Improv category at the elementary level. Laura Thompson, Rush Creek’s talented and gifted teacher and DI coach, said the result was a wonderful surprise.

“We were all shocked when we heard their name called for third place,” she added. “We were the only team from Minnesota to medal in the elementary through secondary divisions, and the whole Minnesota team section gave us a standing ovation.”

The Six Smarties—made up of team members Isabel Bauerly, Makayla Elkins, Madelyn Good, Sydney Manning, Mady Nash and Emma Roach —were victorious at their regional competition and placed in the top three at the state tournament earlier this year to qualify for Global Finals.

Osseo Area Schools was well represented at this year’s DI Global Finals, as another Rush Creek team—“Super 7 Sensations”—placed 20th in the Improv category. “Gentlemen Boys,” made up of students from Maple Grove Middle School, placed 39th in the Improv category at the middle level.

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PHOTO: Rush Creek Elementary fifth-graders (left to right) Mady Nash, Emma Roach, Sydney Manning, Makayla Elkins and Isabel Bauerly—a.k.a., "The Six Smarties"—placed third at the 2019 Destination Imagination Global Finals in Kansas City, Missouri. Not pictured is team member Madelyn Good. 


Meet the teams:

The Six Smarties from Rush Creek Elementary
Team members: Isabel Bauerly, Makayla Elkins, Madelyn Good, Sydney Manning, Mady Nash and Emma Roach
Coach: Laura Thompson

Super 7 Sensations from Rush Creek Elementary
Team members: Summer Glover, Carly Krier, Evie Nelson, Adele Noble, Lilah Resman, Tanya Sai and Stasia Zebrev
Coach: Laura Thompson

Gentlemen Boys from Maple Grove Middle School
Team members: Ryan Ault, Samuel DeRusha, Seth DeRusha, Jake Kilander and Mark Stanley
Coaches: Jody Kinneberg, Sam Bostrom and Haley Travis-Eull

elm creek newspaper clubFor the third consecutive year, a group of 34 students at Elm Creek Elementary is making a difference through writing—one quarter at a time.

Thanks to the hard work of the Elm Creek Newspaper Club, 25 cents is all it costs to catch up on the latest school news and contribute to community. Proceeds from newspaper sales benefit the school’s Student Council and fund opportunities for students to engage in service projects that support local partners such as Project Linus and Community Emergency Assistance Programs.

“I wanted to join the Newspaper Club because it looked like a lot of fun,” said Lexi Lipovsky, co-editor of the paper and a fifth-grader at the school. “I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and learning what their talents are.”

In May, students were hard at work putting the finishing touches on their second newspaper of the year. Fifth-grader Josh Kyllo, who serves as co-editor with Lipovsky, said the opportunity to work on the newspaper together allows members to show off their creativity.

“Putting the newspaper together has been hard, but also fun,” he added. “It’s been rewarding to see it all come together.”

The Newspaper Club’s first issue this year sold 180 copies schoolwide and raised more than $50 for Student Council programs; the second issue hit Elm Creek newsstands in late May.

“I support having the student newspaper because it provides leadership opportunities for Elm Creek students and helps empower them to see the difference they can make,” said Principal Beth Ness.

PHOTO: Students in the Elm Creek Newspaper Club met to put the finishing touches on their latest issue May 9.