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Six Mercer Island teams qualify for Destination Imagination Global Finals

Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit educational program dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and service learning challenges, in which student teams solve a variety of open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.

This year Mercer Island qualified a record 14 elementary, middle and high school  teams to the state competition in Kennewick and six teams have now advanced to the Global Finals to be held May 22 to 25 in Kansas City, joining 1,400 teams, encompassing 17,000 students from 15 countries.

West Mercer Elementary teacher Mark Headlee manages the Mercer Island DI program, now in its 12th year.

These teams have advanced to the DI Global Finals:

MIHS Engineering Team, Legibln't

Also this team received a Renaissance Award for outstanding design and performance.

Team members: Landon Schmidt-Warnecke, Kevin Wang, Justin Lesko, Wesley Ho, Jake Chansky, Renee White, and Sam Frohlich.

Team Manager: Mark Headlee

MIHS Engineering Team, Scientificn't

Members are: Ichi Nakata, Sophia Ristuben, Lila Shroff, Justin Skene, Ryan Shobe, Oliver Schaaf, Anantika Mannby.

Team Manager: Mark Headlee

MIHS Improv Team, 1-800-Get-Greg

Members are: Nico Galvin, Damien Snyder, Lila Shroff, Ryan Shobe

Team Manager: Mark Headlee

Islander Middle School Engineering Team, Unexpected Error

Members are: Aditi Mannby, Eliot Geer, Tyler Langley, Jonathan Aggar, Daniel Marcus,

Sidh Shroff,and Keegan Wang.

Team Manager: Mark Headlee 

Islander Middle School, Technical Challenge Team,  We Haven't Decided Yet

Team members are: Sophia Loiselle, Anahita Najafian, Addie Swenson, Amelia Han, Simone Shenoi, Sahana Subramanian, Anna Koskinen

Team Manager: Chris Cocklin-Ray

Elementary Fine Arts Team, Absolootley Scrumptious

Team members are: Blakely Bourke, Sadie Kim, Steffi Kim, Aadyaa Singhal, Brendan Sung, Daniel Lee, Trisha Choudhary

Team Manager: Julie Langley