The Mason City Schools Destination Imagination Teams had an amazing showing at the regional competition held at Miami University on March 19. Four teams placed first, and many teams won special awards and recognitions - including the Spirit of DI Award, The Renaissance Award, and the Da Vinci Award. The first place finishers will advance to the 2016 Ohio Destination Imagination State Tournament on April 16.
First Place at Regionals
Team: The Critters of Creo
Coach: Eric Stevens.
Team members: Samvit Das, Neel Goodbole, Richa Jha, Hannah Stevens
Team: The Six Pack
Coaches: Jamie Chapman, Ryan Chapman
Team Members: Tj Chapman, Sarah Griffith, Jake Hart, Camden Sutherland
Team "Uh, uh... I Got It!"
Coach: Avanti Vadivelu
Team members: Harshita Ganga , Gus Hammond , Jaison Joshi , Preena Mehta, Kavan Vadivelu, Keya Vadivelu, Arish Vadnere
Team “Uh, Uh...I Got It” are also Da Vinci Award winners.
Team: Mason Innovative Peeps
Coaches: Steve and Jennifer Hodge
Team Members: Ben Crane, Neha Gunda, Samuel Hall, Anna Hodge, Sarah Lyons, Rohan Mahajani, SaiRangarajan Sathishkumar
Team Mason Innovative Peeps also won the Renaissance Award.
Second Place at Regionals
Team: 7 Dolla Bilz
Coach: Don Seastrom
Team Members: Vishnu Avanthsa, Aidan Friday, Evan Hill, Larissa Lysko, Samantha Montgomery, Kaye Seastrom, Sean Stichweh
Team: Detective Imaginators
Coaches Hao Cong, Ammar Abdelaziez
Team Members: Makayla Ma, Victoria Tang, Katie Wang, Jerry Xu, Lance Zhang
Team: DI Dominators
Coaches: Manohar Reddy, Satish Kundety
Team members: Jamie DeBord, Niraj Koneru, Saiteja Kundety, Nicole Mater, Sanjay Rangaswamy, Dhanush Ravuri, Reva Reddy
The DI Dominators also won the 'Spirit of DI' award.
Team: Lightning Lions
Coaches: Scott Brickler, Amita Jain
Team Members: Avery Althouse, Nathan Cheeseman, Ava Herrmann, Nikhil Jain, Reanna Martin, Elle Riva, Priyanka Yenugu
The Lightning Lions also received the Da Vinci award for Instant Challenge, and Elle Riva earned an individual award for the bell bottoms she made for the play.
Team: Team Geeks
Coach :Carole Hendy
Team members: Ronith Abbu, Zachary Henderson, Carson Hendy, Grey Montgomery, Jack Montgomery, Maecon Yared
Third Place at Regionals
Team: Free Fall
Coach: Wade Smith
Team Members: Tanush Duggisani, Asher Ison, Rashi Loni, Emma Siemer, Preston Steigerwald, Lucy Smith
Team: Fire Diers
Coaches : Deepali Chachare, Krishnaveni Chirapurapu, Ram Burada
Team Members : Hitesh Burada, Vikrant Chachare, Kavya Chintakayala, Elizabeth Hauser, Nithilaa Ramachandhran, Dylan Wang
Team: Comet Creators
Coaches: Mark and Jennifer Winter
Team Members: Erika Eller, Garrett Morris, Justin Pappachan , Cooper Schanne, Katie Sherlock
Team: The Callidus pack
Coach: Asma Ashraf
Team Members: Azhaan Ashraf, Shruti Garg, Elise Krier, Ramona Mahadeshwar, Garva Patel, Neel Shettigar, Ariana Swaminathan