Area teams advance to state Destination ImagiNation competition

After regionals, three Laurel-area teams have advanced to the state Destination ImagiNation competition, to be held next month.

At regionals March 2, 63 teams and more than 400 students competed, with 33 teams county-wide moving on to state competition April 13 at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Laurel teams include the Bull Dogs, from Bond Mill Elementary, made up of students Haley Bateman, Grace Beck, Kenneth Graninger, Marcus Jones, Amy Lepore, Peyton Ridgely and Michael Stroud; Anatidaephobes from Laurel High School and Eleanor Roosevelt High School, made up of students Ivy Antunes, Annina Commins, Emma Grier, Heather Healey, Kailey Held, Amjad Kamil and Vinai Rachakonda; and MISFIT from Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School, made up of students Ama Arhin, Jade Harris, Sydney Houston, MarcAnthony Jones and Mikiyas Solomon.

The competition charges K-12 students to solve creative problems that incorporate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

"(Destination ImagiNation) provides our students with an opportunity to solve problems using a variety of important life skills, including creative thinking, teamwork, communication skills, artist and technical skills," Prince George's County Public Schools Supervisor of Talented and Gifted Programs Theresa Jackson said in a release.

After state competition, teams can advance to the global finals in May.

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