Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

April 25, 2014

Destination Imagination team going to globals

The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — Team Out Of Shape chose to do the OutReach project for Destination Imagination, according to Lorene Venis, team manager and parent.

Team members are Madison Smith, Ali Andrews, Britany Venis, Kylie Wanninger, Ashley Daulton, Janvi Patel, Mikayla Redmon, seventh- and eighth-grade students from Batesville Middle School.

DI “is a group up to seven kids that chose a challenge that they have to solve the problem either from technical, scientific, structural, fine arts, improvisation or service learning. The teams compete against other schools that have chosen the same challenge and age group. They compete regionally, statewide and then to globals if advanced from state competitions,” she says.

The local group’s focus was on bullying. Each member did research and found that third-grade students were the ones to educate on the topic as that is the time bullying starts.

In efforts to educate them, the girls wrote a skit which consisted of a bully, student and bystanders, along with a teacher. They performed it to show kids what bullying can look like and how to handle the problem. They also created games and a crossword puzzle that they played with the youngsters.

Their event was called Bully Busters, and it took place in February, with each third-grade class participating. The DI team members also put together an informational PowerPoint about bullying, complete with statistics and prevention tactics.

They placed third at the state competition, and earned a spot at the global finals May 20-24 in Knoxville, Tenn., where they will compete against other teams from other states and countries in the outreach challenge.

Members are doing fundraisers to help them make the trip to globals. Donations can be sent to Batesville Intermediate School with Destination Imagination in the note.