2017 DI Team Results

Destination Imagination Season Summary

What is Destination Imagination (DI): As stated on the Minnesota DI Website: “DI teaches the creative process by allowing teams to solve Challenges together as a team. A big part of our program is the Interference policy: in short, kids have to imagine, create and develop solutions on their own. Parents, Team Managers, family, and friends can’t suggest ideas or force teams in certain directions. Outsiders can only facilitate the acquisition of skills and knowledge. There are seven new Challenges to choose from each year. Each of the Challenges is developed by a team of educators and industry experts who target a particular area of the curriculum and its related standards of content and performance. The areas of focus include Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning. There is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge that allows participants to develop social and problem-solving skills.”


This season the Delano Destination Imagination program had 11 teams, one Rising Stars team (2nd-grade team that is non-competitive), four Elementary Level Teams (3rd - 5th-grades), three Middle-Level Teams (6th - 8th-grades), and three Secondary Level Teams (9th - 12th Grades) with a total of 54 participants.

All 11 Destination Imagination (DI) Teams competed at the Regional level at either the West and South West Regional Tournament at Maple Grove Senior High School or the North Metro Regional Tournament at Blaine High School. Delano had five teams place 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in their Challenge at the regional level to earn a spot in the DI State Tournament that took place on April 22nd at Jackson Middle and Champlin Park High School in Champlin. After competing in the State Tournament, three of the five Delano teams put in performances that outdid their competition and moved on to compete in the 2017 Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament on the Campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee.

Global Finals is known as the world's largest "celebration of creativity", this event drew 1470 teams from over 17 countries, including Australia, China, Canada, and Mexico.  Over 17,000 people gathered for closing ceremonies to award the top teams in the world for their work in solving a series of STEAM based challenges (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.)

Please see the following for a breakdown of each team’s participants, managers, and how they performed during their season.

Rising Stars Level
Teams at the Rising Stars level only compete at their Regional Tournament as an entry point to Destination Imagination.

  • Candy Fun Frogs - Grade 2, Challenge: Save the Day
    Team Members: Isaac Duis, Brady Green, and Mary Leyda
    Team Manager: Ryan & Angie Green

Elementary Level

  • The Candy Crushers - Grade 3, Challenge: Vanished
    Team Members: Fiina Pekuri, Sydney Pink, Gloria Reither, Brynn Spanier, Colbie Steinke, and Lauren Taylor
    Team Manager: Laura Reither
    Regional Tournament Finish: 8th Place

  • The Crazy Cupcakes – Grade 4, Challenge: Vanished
    Team Members: Averie Johnson, Clara Lawrence, Kaitlyn Pink, Grace Reither, and Anneka Zaun
    Team Manager: Alicia Pink and Kim Zaun
    Regional Tournament Finish: 4th Place
    State Tournament Finish: Tied for 6th place

  • Heroic Grannies – Grade 4, Challenge: Top Secret
    Team Members: Evalyn Green, Jack Hohenstein, Justin Noor, Norah Seguin, and Mirtnesh Westlund
    Team Manager: Angie & Ryan Green
    Regional Tournament Finish: 9th Place

  • The Political People – Grade 5, Challenge: In it Together
    Team Members: Meredith Duis, Noah Reither, Katelyn Snidarich, and Megan Westberg
    Team Manager: Kristi Duis
    Regional Tournament Finish: 4th Place

Middle Level

  •  I Forgot – Grade 6, Challenge: 3-Peat
    Team Members: Grace Elsen, Kylah Link, Benjamin Poll, Ava Reierson, and Jackson Stewart
    Team Manager: Wendy Gilmer, Misty Link, and Lori Elsen
    Regional Tournament Finish: 4th Place

  • The Little Group of Einsteins – Grade 7, Challenge: Vanished
    Team Members:  Katherine Baker, Erin Green, Abby Hohenstein, Chloe Stolfa, Gabriella Stoudt, Isabelle Alipour, and Ella Frake
    Team Manager: Dan Stolfa and Brian Frake
    Regional Tournament Finish: 5th Place

  • The Cookie Lovers – Grade 7, Challenge: Show & Tech
    Team Members: Lauren Goemer, Becca Reither, Lexi Semeizer, Madeline Engel, and Anna Henry
    Team Manager: Chris Semeizer and Stacie Engel
    Regional Tournament Finish: 2nd Place
    State Tournament Finish: 3rd Place
    Global Finals Finish: Tied for 31st Place

Secondary Level

  • Minnie SnowDA – Grade 9, Challenge: Top Secret
    Team Members: Stephanie McClelland, Charlotte Stolfa, Blithe Zaun, and Emma Lyngby
    Team Managers: Sarah Lyngby, John McClelland, and Annette McClelland
    Regional Tournament Finish: 1st Place
    State Tournament Finish: 2nd Place
    Global Finals Finish: Earned a trip to Global Finals but declined to make the trip to Tennessee and ended their season at the State Tournament.

  • BABE - Grade 9, Challenge: Vanished
    Team Members: Emma Rametta, William Diem, Ava Osmon, and Brynn Schwankl
    Team Manager: Lisa Rametta
    Regional Tournament Finish: 1st Place
    State Tournament Finish: 4th Place
    They were listed as an Alternate Team for Global finals. This means that if a team elected not to go to Global Finals BABE would have been able to go to Global Finals.

  • Sugar Packets – Grades 10-12, Challenge: Show & Tech
    Team Members: Nicole Pupp, Annabel Frake, Natalie Pupp, Alexandria Frake, Gretchen Wuerger, and Brock Wuerger
    Team Manager: Kristina Pupp, Ben Pupp, and Brian Frake
    Regional Tournament Finish: 1st Place
    State Tournament Finish: 1st Place
    Global Finals Finish: 2nd Place
    The Sugar Packets, from Delano, competed in the technical challenge at the high school level. They received not only the 2nd place award for their challenge but also were awarded the DaVinci Award for outstanding creativity. This award honors teams that demonstrate the spirit of adventurous risk in their solution and is named after Leonardo DaVinci, one of the world's greatest creative thinkers in history. During the closing ceremony, the Sugar Packets were recognized for "outstanding workmanship and sophisticated switching mechanism in a well-engineered carousel."