State Tournament pictures by Danny Milner.
2018 State Tournament a Hit
Saturday's Destination Imagination State Tournament was a huge success thanks to the support of volunteer team managers who coached 75 DI teams, the Elm Grove MS and Sun City principals and staff, over 100 community volunteers, and over 30 high school volunteers who helped throughout the event. LA DI recognized and greatly appreciates Bossier Parish School District, the principals and staff of Elm Grove Middle School and Sun City Elementary, Haughton High School Red Jackets, and Parkway High School Beta Club members for supporting the event. Our high school volunteers were excellent examples of good citizenship and service throughout the event and were a credit to their schools.
The tournament was dedicated, to the memory of Emilie Gibson, a Legacy Elementary DI team member who bravely faced DIPG Brain Cancer last year. Emilie passed away on October 31, and the tournament focused not only on creativity and competition, but on helping to raise awareness and donations for childhood cancer research. Over $2,000 was raised and will be matched by Louisiana Destination Imagination to donate over $4,000 to the Michael Mosier Foundation to support research into a cure for DIPG. Their website is www.defeatdipg.org.
Ms. Sonja Bailes shared the tournament information with local media partners, and two news reporters came to the tournament. The news reports will help raise awareness for DIPG cancer research and the educational benefits of Destination Imagination.
Here are links to two news clips by KSLA Reporter Christian Piekos and one by Zyneria Byrd from KTAL.
The first KSLA report includes interviews with Emilie's DI team manager, Eileen Jarman from Legacy Elementary, includes some of her Legacy school-mates, and interviews Trey Gibson, Emilie's father.
http://www.ksla.com/story/3764 0850/scholastic-competition-ho nors-bossier-city-student
The second KSLA clip shows BPSB employee Robbie Gallant, a volunteer who teaches at Greenacres Middle School, discuss some of the positive educational benefits of the DI program.
http://www.ksla.com/clip/14171 443/destination-imagination-ch allenges-students
The 3rd clip, from Zyneria Byrd of KTAL, also covers Emilie's story: http://www.arklatexhomepage.co m/news/local-news/emilie-gibson-honored-by-a-local-group-near-and-dear-to-her-heart/100727 4027
Thank you again to all our supporters state-wide for your interest and support of Destination Imagination and for all you do for your local kids.
Scores for the 2018 LA DI State Tournament schedule are posted at:https://www.ladest.com/2018-scores.html
In the News
Report by KSLA Reporter Christian Piekos on the positive educational benefits of the DI program. http://www.ksla.com/clip/14171 443/destination-imagination- challenges-students
Emilie Gibson Remembered
KSLA 10:00 PM news clip including interviews with Emilie's DI team manager, some of her school-mates and last year's team members, and an interview with Emilie's father, Trey Gibson.
http://www.ksla.com/story/3764 0850/scholastic-competition- honors-bossier-city-student
The 2018 Louisiana State Tournament was held Saturday, March 3, at Elm Grove Middle School and Sun City Elementary School in Bossier City. Competitions ran from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Thank you to Elm Grove Middle School and Sun City Elementary School for hosting this year's tournament. #ladi2018
The updated LA DI State Tournament schedule is available at the link below & is current as of March 1.
The updated LA DI State Tournament map is available at the link below:
Emilie Gibson Pins for Research
LA DI honored the creativity, team spirit, and bravery of former 4th grade Legacy Elementary DI team member, Emilie Gibson, who bravely battled DIPG brain cancer while also participating in DI last year during this year's state tournament. Emilie loved unicorns, rainbows, funny hats, and life, and will be remembered forever for her sense of humor and love of her family and friends. A special pin, featuring a unicorn, and honoring Emilie was sold to supporting cancer research. LA DI will donate and match proceeds from the sale of the pins to support DIPG cancer research. Additionally, LA DI took donations for DIPG research at each team challenge site for those who wanted to donate to support research for a cure.
Calling All Volunteers!
We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic people to be a part of investing in the lives of the best and brightest kids that Louisiana has to offer. Click this link to volunteer for our annual Super Instant Challenge Saturday in Bossier City or our Louisiana State Tournament. Our volunteers make Destination Imagination a life-changing experience for kids all across the world! Sign up today!
Thank You Super Sat Vols!
Thanks to a strong volunteer presence setting up, running the challenge rooms, and doing the take down, LA DI kids had a tremendous time trying out all the instant challenges set up throughout Elm Grove Middle School for Super Saturday.