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Science and imagination combine to great success for middle school teams [West Laurel]

“Our” Destination Imagination teams once again did not disappoint with their teamwork, artistry, innovation and brilliance.

Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School had two teams competing in Destination Imagination this year and both teams placed first in the regional competition.

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The one team, consisting of Michael Stroud, Rahel Mani, Marcus Jones, Laila Anderson, Haley Bateman, Amy Lepore and Jocelyn Motley (managed by Cheri Hautala-Bateman), competed in the Technical Challenge "Maze Craze."

They had to design and build a device to navigate a tournament-provided maze, design and build a prop that transforms in the maze and design and build a way to remove an object from the maze. They also had to create and present a story about a journey through the maze and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength and talents. They created an inventive story about a boy’s addiction to video games and events that happened to get him to break that habit.

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The other team, consisting of Michael Bailor, Keith Coutreyer, Trevor Bateman, Kisakye Kirabo, Kimberly Perez-Toro, Sabrina Pillai and Carolyn Appleby (managed by Fred Bateman and teachers Tracey Goodridge and Rose Heim), competed in the Scientific Challenge "Unlikely Attraction."

After exploring the scientific concepts used in amusement park attractions, they had to design and build an attraction that uses scientific concepts during its operation. They then had to create and present a story that features the attraction operating in an unlikely location and portray the unlikely location using sights and sounds. They also had to create and present two Team Choice Elements. They created an unusual story about cave people inventing a giant wheel that helped them scare off dinosaurs that were terrorizing them, map out the area and draw other cave people to live in the area and start a society.

They are looking forward to participating in the Maryland State Destination Imagination competition on April 7 when the whiz kids make us proud once again. Stay tuned.

The most anticipated spring event is here!

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The West Laurel Recreation Counsel will hold theSpring Egg Hunt on Saturday morning, March 24. The egg hunt begins promptly at 9 am. There will be two hunts, one for kids under 5 years old and the other for the over 5 group. The Easter Bunny will be there to greet everyone with gifts. Come and check out the Easter piñata. Parents should bring a basket or bag for the kids to collect their eggs. Be sure to get there a few minutes early because the egg hunt will start on time.

Kindergarten registration in Prince George’s County Public Schools begins April 9.

If you live in the Bond Mill Elementary boundary area and you have a child that turns 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 then you need to register your little one this spring for the 2018-2019 school year. Visit Bond Mill Elementary School between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. You will need your child’s original birth certificate, up-to-date immunization record and proof of residence. Registration forms must be filled out at school. For more information, call the office at 301-497-3600.

Bond Mill Elementary has a tradition of excellence and school spirit in a loving environment. That tradition continues with an awesome principal, wonderful dedicated teachers and staff, involved proud parents and the most amazing and successful students. Bring on the new kindergartners!

Happy Easter and happy spring!

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