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Local students excel in global competition

Teamwork, determination and creative problem-solving are some lessons students from Magnolia School and Bear River High School recently learned at the global finals of the Destination ImagiNation contest at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The team from Bear River placed third and the team from Magnolia came in 12th at the competition, said Leslie Lohse, assistant coach of the teams. Each of the groups competed with about 60 teams from across the world in their respective categories, Lohse said.

“It takes a lot of determination and teamwork,” said Bear River sophomore Katie DeLaveaga. “You realize you can do much better with the team than by yourself.



“Confidence is another thing – you have to believe you can do it, otherwise it doesn’t turn our well,” she said.

Jayna Del Tessandoro said her 14-year-old son Nick from Magnolia “was thrilled to get there.”




“Making it was all he wanted,” Del Tessandoro said. “Now that he’s made it, he wants to go back to win.”

Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem-solving contest where students use a variety of artistic, technical and theatrical ways to solve a problem they’ve chosen and present their solution in the form of a skit, according to Michele Uppman, a teacher at Magnolia who trained the teams.


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