Students from Creative for Christ, a Loudoun-based homeschool club, won the state competition for the Destination Imagination on April 6 in Richmond.
The students will now compete in the May 22-25 Global Finals of the competition in Kansas City, MO. Destination Imagination is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the next generation of students with academic challenges in science, technology, engineering and math.
The teams will compete with more than 1,400 students from 15 countries. More than 125 teams competed in the state tournament. The three teams advanced to the state contest after placing first at the regional competition March 16 in Stafford.
Coached by Stephanie Kappes and Catherine Larson, the elementary school team consists of Loudoun County homeschooled students from third to fifth grades: Paul Berghaus, Josephine Cox, Abigail Favelo, Isaac Keene, Aila Keene, Matthew Kappes, and Luke Larson. The middle school team is made up of Timothy Cox, Wayne Curles, Noah Favelo, Julian Keene, and Michael Turner, with coaching from Heather Favelo and Dave Robinson. Melissa Cox, Gregory Cox, Chris Mahoney, Joshua Mahoney, Liz Turner, Faith Vandebrooke, and Jeremy Vandebrooke make up the high school team, led by Tami Cox and Lawrie Vandebrooke.
To compete in the Destination Imagination Global Finals, each team must raise $5,500, and the team is currently seeking sponsors. Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help the students can contact the team’s fundraising coordinator, Kimberlynn Curles, at C4CLoudoun@gmail.com.
Find out more about the contest at destinationimagination.org.