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Two Moorhead Destination Imagination team advance to Global Finals

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination teams, the Fab Fauve and ArchimeDIs, are advancing to Global Finals after placing first at the 20014 Minnesota Destination Imagination Tournament on April 12 in Champlin Park, Minn.

Several fundraisers are scheduled to help the teams travel to Global Finals on May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Pizza Ranch nights are planned for 5-8 p.m. April 30, May 7 and May 14 at the Pizza Ranch on Highway 10. Pizza Ranch will donate money toward the DI teams for each person who mentions Destination Imagination when they order during that time.

Car washes are planned for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10 and May 17, weather permitting, at the Moorhead Sunmart.

At the state tournament, the Moorhead High School and Horizon Middle School Destination Imagination team the Fab Fauve placed first in the fine arts challenge, Laugh Art Loud. The Fab Fauve received the Da Vinci Award for exceptional creativity, a unique approach to the problem and risk taking. The team was chosen out of 148 teams to receive the traveling trophy to be displayed by their school district or community. Team members are Abigail Johnson, Lexi Dauner, Emily Karevold, Claire Twedt, Caroline Wirries, Hannah Hendrickson and Emily Pratt. The team is coached by Laurie Johnson.

For its challenge, the team researched a work of art created by an artist from another nation and then theatrically presented a comic strip based on the artwork. They also were required to create three live comic strip panels that included a technical caption contraption and an ARTifact inspired by their chosen work of art.

At the state tournament, the Moorhead High School DI team ArchimeDIs placed first in the technical challenge, Dig In, and received a Renaissance award for demonstrating outstanding skill in the areas of engineering, design and performance. Team members are Anthony Johnson, David Thibert, Seamus Neill, Alex Volk and Nick Cameron. The team is coached by Laurie Johnson.

As part of the challenge, the team had to design and build equipment to detect and remove objects from hiding places and then move the objects across a finish line. They also had to create and present a story about a technology that detects things a human cannot sense without help. The team also competed in improv, Pandemonium, at the state DI tournament.

According to Laurie Johnson, Moorhead regional director for Destination Imagination, the program lends itself perfectly to skills the community has indicated it wants for students.

“Our community, through the district’s community engagement initiative last year, addressed the desire for students to have basic skills plus creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills,” Johnson said. “In Destination Imagination, students learn and use the 4C’s to solve the DI challenges.”

The need for these college- and career-ready skills has also been seen in the metro area through the Greater Fargo-Moorhead EDC workgroup on the 4C’s, in the state through the World’s Best Workforce legislation, and nationally through 21st century skills.

“As an extracurricular program, DI gives the students who are involved in it the opportunity to develop important skills for their future,” Johnson said. “That is one of its strengths.”

Moorhead High Destination Imagination team places first at Global Finals

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Moorhead High School Destination Imagination team The DI Vinci’s placed first at DI Global Finals on May 22-25. The team competed in Challenge B, Wind Visible, against 65 other teams from all over the United States and eight countries. Read the article at

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination teams advance to Global Finals

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination teams took top honors in the State Destination Imagination Tournament on April 20 in Champlin Park, Minn.

The DI Vinci’s, a ninth-grade Moorhead High team, placed first in Challenge B Wind Visible and received a Rennaisance award for Outstanding Design. The team had to research wind energy and incorporate it into an eight-minute presentation in which an “Invisible Visitor” sets something in motion. The team also had to create a piece of kinetic art that used wind energy to initiate and sustain motion for 15 seconds. The same team took third place in Improv, Challenge D Change in Realitee.

The Yards for Youth team of seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade Horizon Middle School and Moorhead High students took first in ProjectOutreach. The team members addressed a community need with their Yards For Youth sew-a-thon in which they sewed (with the help of volunteers) and donated 325 pillowcases to Sanford Children’s Hospital. The team had to make a movie on its project and incorporate a press conference into an eight-minute presentation.

Both teams will compete against teams from around the world at Global Finals on May 22-25.

Moorhead Destination Imagination team holding Sew-A-Thon on March 23

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Yards for Youth, a group of Destination Imagination (DI) students participating in ProjectOutreach, will hold a Sew-A-Thon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead. ProjectOutreach is a DI challenge that requires students to identify a community need and create and carry out a project to address this need. The Moorhead DI team’s goal is to sew 100 pillowcases that the team will donate to Sanford Children’s Hospital to be given to pediatric patients who are admitted for treatments and/or surgery.

The team is asking for donations of clean, fun fabrics or monetary donations to purchase fabric and thread. Each pillowcase takes 1 yard of fabric. Donations can be left in each of the Moorhead school offices.

If you would like to volunteer on March 23, please bring fabric and join in the fun. Snacks will be provided.

Contact Team Manager Laurie Johnson at with questions.

Moorhead Destination ImagiNation teams place at regional, state and global tournaments

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Moorhead Destination ImagiNation teams completed a successful year with two teams placing at the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May. The Horizon Middle School projectOutreach team placed ninth out of 59 teams and the Horizon girls team placed fifth out of 48 teams at Global Finals.

To advance to Global Finals, the Horizon projectOutreach team placed first out of six teams at the State DI Tournament on April 14. The category projectOutreach: The World Canvas required the students to identify a community need and design and carry out a project to address this need. They had to create an advertisement and brochure and make an eight-minute presentation that included these items. Team members are Anthony Johnson, David Thibert, Alex Thomason, Seamus Neill and Mason Pickar. Team manager is Laurie Johnson. The team also competed in Challenge D, News to Me, placing fifth out of eight teams at the State DI Tournament.

The Horizon girls team advanced to Global Finals by placing second out of 15 teams at the State DI Tournament in Challenge C, Coming Attractions, which required them to present a four-minute movie trailer involving characters from at least two different nations. They had to design a cinematic special effect and feature it in the trailer and create an original soundtrack that complemented their trailer. Team members are Abigail Johnson, Emily Karevold, Allison Hanson, Lexi Dauner, Claire Twedt, Linka Wintersteen and Emily Pratt. Team manager is Laurie Johnson.

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Horizon DI team competes in Global Finals

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Horizon Middle School’s Destination ImagiNation team PieThagoreans competed in the challenge DI-Bot at Global Finals on May 26-30 in Knoxville, Tenn. The team of Alex Huff, Anthony Johnson, Matthew Harlicker, Mason Pickar and David Thibert tied for 15th place out of 59 teams in the overall challenge and had the fifth highest score in the Instant Challenge. Read the article here.

Superintendent’s Message

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

It is hard to believe we are ending another successful school year. Moorhead High School seniors are getting ready to graduate and kindergarten students are looking forward to summer and returning to the first grade. We have many students looking forward to a bright future. This senior class has had innumerable honors and awards and collected more than $1.7 million in post-secondary scholarships.

We have 13 staff members retiring from Moorhead Area Public Schools. The staff members have been honored through various celebrations. We wish them well as they leave our school community.

Our school board meetings have been a place for celebrating accomplishments, from math teams to Destination ImagiNation to the musical theater Spotlight Awards, and many other honors for our students. We are fortunate to have students excelling in arts, academics and athletics.

We still have hard work ahead. We have to continue to move forward to ensure all students are proficient. We will work together to close the achievement gap for students. We are working together to develop the maximum potential of every learner to thrive in a changing world.

While we closed the year without major reductions to our work force, we still have at least five years of budget difficulties to weather. We need community support to keep our schools strong and to provide an excellent education for all students.

May is a great month in education. It is a time when educators can be proud of the differences they have made and will make in the lives of young people. It is also a time when this community should be proud of the high-quality professional staff that makes up Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools