Frankford and Lewisburg Destination Teams tie for first place in State

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Instructor Jason Johans and (in no specific order) team members from Lewisburg Elementary, Jakob Tomlinson, Gavin Cherry, Sofie Kelso, Nathaniel Vincent, Nixon Brown and Grayson Dull (not pictured). Team members from Frankford Elementary students picutred include Luella Mansheim, Landon Gurley, Carter Higginbotham, Dawson Trusty, Calvin Roberts and Cole Morgan.

After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in state Destination Imagination academic tournaments, two teams from Greenbrier County have earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 24-27 in Knoxville, TN.  In an amazing and almost impossible turn of events, the two teams, who were competing against each other and other schools from all over the state at the West Virginia Tournament, ended up tying for first place.

Guided by instructor Jason Johans, team members from Lewisburg Elementary include Jakob Tomlinson, Gavin Cherry, Sofie Kelso, Nathaniel Vincent, Nixon Brown and Grayson Dull. Team members from Frankford Elementary students include Luella Mansheim, Landon Gurley, Carter Higginbotham, Dawson Trusty, Calvin Roberts and Cole Morgan. These students participate in Destination Imagination as part of the Greenbrier County Schools Gifted and Talented program.

Greenbrier County’s teams will compete with other teams in the Top Secret Challenge, one of seven, open-ended challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.

Destination Imagination is an amazing program that promotes collaborative, creative problem solving and scientific research. These teams really went above and beyond to achieve top honors at the state level.

If you would like to help by donating funds towards this experience, contact Johans at 304-661-6497 or visit the GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/global-finals-competition.