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BRE imagines a roller coaster of creativity

Competing in January, BRE’s DI team (pictured from left to right) back row: Morgan Busten, Isaac Hughes, parent Kate Binning, Maddie Kasal, Blake Cartwright, Joey Sabia; front row: Christina Sabia and Jake Binning.

By Kathy Fallert; photo courtesy of Jennie Cartwright

Led by parent and Castle Pines resident, Kate Binning, the Buffalo Ridge Elementary’s (BRE) first ever Destination Imagination (DI) team had a great performance on Saturday, March 10 at Englewood Middle and High Schools for the South Metro Regional Tournament, “A Kaleidoscope of Creativity.”

The team consisted of six fifth-grade students and one fourth-grade student. Parent Jennie Cartwright commented, “They’ve been working hard every week after school on Wednesdays for months under the leadership of Kate Binning on their Unlikely Attraction project. It all culminated at the tournament with only the top three teams advancing to the state tournament. I believe there were 54 teams in our region competing.” The top teams advancing to state will compete at the Auraria Campus in Denver on Saturday, April 7.

Cartwright continued, “While our kids didn’t advance, they performed so well in their presentation to the judges and had to do it all on their own with no help from Kate or anyone! The presentation included a skit and showing the roller coaster they’d built as part of the challenge. We all learned how tough the competition really is with some schools sending seven or more teams, including kids that have done DI for four years straight! We are proud of the showing our kids made in the first year for all of them. We hope DI will continue at BRE once our fifth graders move on!”

Other local participants in the March 10 tournament included American Academy and Rock Canyon High School (RCHS). RCHS has been participating in DI for years and will be competing at the state championship for two challenges on April 7 in Denver.

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