Students to Compete in Destination Imagination Global Finals

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The Labyrinth Method Lunatics from Sage Community School Advance to Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the Largest Celebration of Creativity in the World

Chiloquin, Ore. - After achieving first place in their division for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, the Labyrinth Method Lunatics from Sage Community School have earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 23-26 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Team members include Rhiannon Burkhart (11), Willow Daniels (11), Kaitlynn Milano (10) and Caleb Swanson-Utley (11).

The Labyrinth Method Lunatics will compete with other teams in the Maze Craze, one of seven, open-ended Challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.

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Sage Community School’s second team, Cherish on Impulse, achieved second place in their division and have been entered into a national lottery to determine if they may also attend Global Finals. Cherish on Impulse competed in the Treasure challenge. Team members include Summer Buckingham (10), Sydney Fowler (12), Zoe Johnson (12), and Chris Lo (12).

Sage Community School has sponsored teams for their Destination Imagination After-School club for the past 7 years. This year, Sage received a grant from Klamath County Cultural Coalition for both teams to attend the regional and state affiliate tournaments.

“This is a wonderful opportunity and the first time that Sage Community School has the opportunity to send a team to Global Finals after many years of competing in Destination Imagination. We are actively trying to raise the needed funds and anyone wanting to donate please look for links at our website,” said Sage Community School Director, Anna Fowler. Each team must raise $10,000 for entry fees, lodging, meals, and airfare by May 1, 2018.

"Destination Imagination GLOBALS! The Olympics of Creative Minds! We are thrilled to be a part of this rare opportunity to represent the State of Oregon, U.S.A. To see my students being recognized and praised globally is not only rewarding for them, but for me as well! Watch out world, here comes Sage Community School doing the Maze Craze," said Donna King, Team Manager and 5/6 grade teacher at Sage.

"I am very grateful to be going to Globals. I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing, awesome and exciting experience. I hope me and my team enjoy it," said team member Rhiannon Burkhart.

“I am really excited and honored to go to Globals! I think my whole team is ready to go, because we did very well at the Affiliates,” added Willow Daniels.

“I’m excited! I cannot believe we made it! It will be so much fun in Tennessee, especially since I was born there. I can’t wait to see fresh, beautiful Tennessee again,” said Kaitlynn Milano.

“I am both amazed and surprised to be going to a very big and special place. This will be fun,” said Caleb Swanson-Utley.

Destination Imagination (DI) has had a positive impact on more than two million students who have taken part in its acclaimed academic program. This year, more than 150,000 students have participated in tournaments throughout the U.S., as well as 30 countries, in hopes of
earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.

The Labyrinth Method Lunatics from Sage Community School are among the 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that have advanced to participate in Global Finals 2018.

Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic Challenges are student-directed
and are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think. Teams who participate have the opportunity to present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.

Each year, DI competitions begin with a regional tournament, where team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained Appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Each team solution is scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate Oregon Tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate Tournaments advance to Global Finals.

Destination Imagination dedicates itself to enriching the global community by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to explore and discover using the creative process from imagination to innovation.

For more information about Global Finals, visit

About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization is a leader in project-based learning experiences, where students work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning Challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than two million students. To learn more, please visit

About Sage Community School
Sage Community School is a free public charter school located in Chiloquin, Oregon. Sage offers blended classes in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The school focuses on a place-based
and project-based learning model while embracing the standards of elementary education. 

Sage Community School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that receives funding through state school funds, grant opportunities and private donations. For more information, please visit

Press release provided from Sage Community School.