Carpenter Hill sends Destination Imagination team to state

One of Carpenter Hill Elementary’s six Destination Imagination teams, the Mythical Mysticals, grabbed second in the Mythology Mission category of the locally-hosted meet and earned a trip to state competition. The team includes (left to right) Allison Webb, Megan Stanford, Orlando Villalpando, Madelyn Nauschuetz, Ben Miller, Carolos Zapata and Bret Johnson. (Photo by Mary Villalpando)


Hundreds of local and area students descended on the Leh­man High School campus one recent Saturday morning, all intent on putting their intelligence and wits to the test in the first-ever running of a full-blown Destination Imagination meet.

Highlighting the Hays CISD effort – which was huge – Carpenter Hill Elementary’s Mythical Mysticals earned the right to advance to state competition in the Mythology Mission event.

Additionally, Carpenter Hill’s Energetic Metallic Stem Stars received the meet’s Renaissance Award for structure design, also scoring a fourth place for its category, Verses! Foiled again! The team advancing to state is made up of Allison Webb, Megan Stanford, Orlando Villalpando, Madelyn Nauschuetz, Ben Miller, Carlos Zapata and Bret Johnson. The Renaissance team is made up of Evan Vollbrecht, Aaron Barlow, Zachary McManus, Claire Coburn, Eric Williams, Julia Pierce and Emma Jackson.

Tish Cawley, who serves as Lead for the District Gifted and Talented program, reports the district “really encouraged schools to participate in DI and because of this, we had several schools participating for the first time – which is exciting!” The concerted local effort brought together 20 teams from seven Hays CISD campuses and six teams earned medals, Cawley reports.

Participation from local campuses included single teams from Camino Real Elementary, Kyle Elementary, Negley Elementary, and Tobias Elementary. Carpenter Hill Elementary sent six teams, Elm Grove Elementary had five, and five teams represented Dahlstrom Middle School.

Three Elm Grove groups took awards, including Team #4 with a second place in Spinning a Tale and a pair of fourths for Team #1 and Team #5 in Triple Take Road Show and Verses! Foiled Again!, respectively. Tobias Elementary’s Eagles team took a fifth in Mythology Mission.

The Dahlstrom Mustangs’ Team X went home with a third place in Triple Take Road Show and another Dahlstrom team, The Transformers, took fourth in Unidentified Moving Object.

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