Congratulations to 20 Destination Imagination teams from 12 different Leander ISD schools moving onto state! The district had more than 100 DI teams compete in regionals earlier this month. The following schools have teams advancing:
- Bush Elementary School (1 team)
- Cox Elementary School (1 team)
- Cypress Elementary School (1 team)
- Grandview Hills (1 team)
- Pleasant Hill Elementary School (1 team)
- Steiner Ranch Elementary (1 team)
- Rutledge Elementary (1 team)
- Canyon Ridge Middle School (3 teams)
- Leander Middle School (3 teams)
- Running Brushy Middle School (1 team)
- Stiles Middle School (2 teams)
- Rouse High School (1 team)
- Vandegrift High School (4 teams)
LISD also took home 13 special awards that recognize creativity, excellence and spirit.
Regionals took place Feb. 22-23 at East View High School in Georgetown. Students boasted bright-colored costumes, fun props and thinking caps at the competition which involves them solving a “Team Challenge”. Each challenge must meet a certain set of requirements that should include a combination of technical, scientific, theatrical, engineering, fine arts and improvisational elements.
Texas DI encourages students to take unique approaches to tackling problems, oftentimes using skills not taught in the classroom, like project management, creativity, perseverance and confidence. Texas DI is the largest chapter in the world.
The DI Lone Star State Tournament takes place at the University of Texas at Arlington in April. Advancing past state gives teams the chance to compete at DI’s culminating event Global Finals in Kansas City, Mo. in May.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated to reflect a new number of teams heading to state competition. The state released bonus teams based off of second place teams that were within a few points of first place. DI Lone Star added seven more LISD teams invited to compete in Arlington. Congratulations!