Salem Ave. students head to global tournament


Salem Elementary is going for the gold during the global tournament for destination imagination.

After placing in first place during the state competition the last week of March, each student prepares to face teams from over 45 states and 15 countries.

“Destination imagination is putting students from elementary school to college level in teams where they can participate in these problem-solving challenges, they have different challenges for different interests,” said DI coach and 5th grade teacher, Raymond Weber.

The Global Finals will take place in Kansas City, Missouri from May 22-25. Chase Jefferson who is on Salem Avenue’s team was happy to see his parents were proud during the state competition.

“My mom, dad, sister and my brother actually jumped straight up from their chairs and they were like super excited,” Jefferson said.

According to Weber, the team will begin fundraising efforts to offset travel cost.

During the tournament, the students compete in their central challenge as well as instant challenge, a challenge designed to access students’ ability to work collaboratively while using their quick, creative and critical thinking skills.

Washington County Public Schools catergorizes this elementary school as one of its “more impoverished schools in the system” however, that’s not stopping Chase Jefferson, Escarlet Otanez, Santos Calderon and Shaelynn Mckenzie from advancing and ultimately winning the international competition.

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