Two teams from the Marysville school district, one from the high school and one from Creekview Intermediate School, competed in the Destination Imagination Global Competition last month in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Marysville High School team is coached by Ann Langlois and consists of students Megan Church, Kristin Langlois, Danielle Langlois, Nick Langlois, Shruti Parashar and Evan Crozier.
It placed 17th out of 47 teams in Knoxville, after capturing first place March 16 at the central Ohio regional tournament at Reynoldsburg High School and first place April 20 in the state contest held at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
The MHS team served as ambassadors to a secondary level team from Singapore.
"It was our team's opportunity to welcome their buddy team to the Global Tournament, invite and escort them to different events during the week and to attend their buddy team's competitions," Langlois said.
The Creekview team, coached by Brian Shafer, consists of students Zach Shafer, Ben Warden, Connor Kennedy, Sameer Parashar, Gracie Leonard, Natalie Kersten, and Will Warden, a third-grader from Mill Valley Elementary School.
Members earned first place March 16 at the central Ohio regional tournament to move on to the state competition. The group took second place at state competition April 20 at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
At the global contest in Tennessee, students had to construct vehicles using three different propulsion systems that were designed to go specific distances to score points. They also created and presented a skit about vehicles in danger.
"The kids had a snafu with one of their vehicles, so they didn't do as well as they did at the state tournament," Shafer said, noting that the Creekview team placed 47th out of 49 teams.
"Some of them were pretty heartbroken about that," he said.
The global finals pitted his team against students from other states and other countries, including China, Colombia, Poland, Canada, Mexico and Turkey.
The students learned how to collaborate, compromise and work as a team, he said.
"We have technical and creative thinkers -- kids that like to build technical machines, others that like to create costumes and others that like to write and create art. DI brings together kids with a variety of talents and gives them all an opportunity to shine," Shaffer said.
Parents funded all the materials and any travel expenses. There was a $4,500 registration fee for the Global Tournament in Knoxville that the Marysville school district paid upfront, but the parents will be billed for that in August.
"So we've been fundraising to cover that fee through selling Donatos cards, having a car wash a couple weeks ago, and a Wendy's night where 10 percent of proceeds benefit both DI global teams," Shafer said.
Generous donations from family members, friends, teachers and businesses/ organizations have helped with expenses as well, he added.
The best part about being a team manager, he said, is having a front-row seat to see what great things students come up with -- "to see how one little seed of an idea grows into a full-blown solution and presentation."