Five Hays CISD teams traveled to Austin this past week to compete in the Capital Region Destination Imagination competition held at Connally High, with two programs advancing to the next round.
Schools represented include Carpenter Hill, Elm Grove, Fuentes, Kyle elementary schools and Dahlstrom Middle School.
One team received a special award, three teams medaled, and two of them qualified for advancement to the Affiliate (state) tournament which will be held on March 22-23 in Corpus Christi. At the Affiliate tournament, teams from across the state will compete for advancement to Global Finals held May 22-25 in Kansas City, MO. At Global Finals, more than 1,400 teams from more than 15 countries gather to showcase their challenge solutions.
The following teams received special recognition at the Capital Region tournament:
The Elm Grove Eagles placed 2nd in the scientific challenge. Team members include Laily Farrar, Kensie McCracken, Gianna Pucci, Zoe Thomas and Alice Woolery. Team managers are Kara Thomas, Dawn Pucci and Sarah Marshall.
The American Stars from Carpenter Hill placed 1st in the improvisational challenge and advanced to state. Team members include Emma Hamilton, Elizabeth Hellen, Elizabeth Jansen, Mariah McCoy, Sofia Mireles, Isa Rangel and Kylee Svajian. Team manager is Nellie Knight.
Monster Imaginitivity from Fuentes placed 1st in the engineering competition and advanced to state. Team members include Kynslee Allen, Xander Cardona, Annie Edge, Laila Flores, Nikolaz Gonzales, Lailani Lugo and Penelope Prine. Team manager is Kayla Kromer.
The Tres Hot Mess from Dahlstrom received the Spirit of DI award which is an award for outstanding sprit, teamwork, volunteerism and sportsmanship. Team members include Katie Comstock, Georgia Rushing and Tea Saxon. Team manager is Nellie Knight.