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Fallston Destination Imagination Team To Compete Globally

The team of seven students needs about $3,000 to pay for their trip to the global competition in Knoxville, TN.

Seven young adults from have creatively overcome challenges through Destination Imagination, winning at both regional and state level competitions.

The group is now on its way to the global Destination Imagination competition in Knoxville, TN—if its members can raise the funds to get there.

Destination Imagination, or DI, is a nonprofit organization that provides education opportunities for youth teaching teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving skills, according to the Destination Imagination website.

Bill Kruzynski, whose daughter Caitlin is a member of the Fallston DI team, said he has noticed changes in his daughter through her participation in DI.

"Frankly as a result of this her social skills have tremendously improved," Kruzynski said of Caitlin, who is in 10th grade. "She looks at obstacles and challenges from a number of perspectives."

He said his daughter doesn't just look at things from her own point of view, but also at how others will feel about a situation. And he attributes this way of thinking to Destination Imagination.

"This is the first year she’s been involved in it and I’m really, really proud," Kruzynski said.

Teams are ultimately tested with different challenges and given scores based on performance.

"The Fallston High School team not only placed first in their regional and state competitions, but they also received the highest scores for each component/measurement of the competitions this year," wrote Kruzynski in an email to Patch.

According to the team's website, it was one of two teams, out of 227 total, to earn a perfect score in each category at the state competition.

The team members' hard work has earned them a spot in the global competition, which will take place May 23 through 27 at the University of Tennessee.

The team has raised more than half of the nearly $7,000 needed to pay for the team and its manager, a Fallston High School teacher, to go to the competition. But it still needs about $3,000 to pay for the trip.

With this fundraising goal in mind, the group is holding a car wash Saturday May 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. behind the . That's at the intersection of Rock Spring Road and Red Pump in Bel Air.

Those interested in contributing to the team can also make a donation online here.

Do you plan to support this cause? Have you or anyone you know benefitted from Destination Imagination? Start the discussion by leaving a comment below.

Susie May 12, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Two of my children benefited from this prorgram at Harford Day School a few years ago and we all had the good fortune to attend Globals several times. It's an amazing program, and my thanks go out to the dedicated team coaches who lead them. The time and commitment are well-worth all the gains children make in DI. Creative problem-solving, teamwork, thinking under pressure, performing before an audience, research skills, and more are all part of this fabulous program. Best of luck to all of the DI teams in Harford County as they head to Globals! We'll be cheering you on!
Fallston High DI May 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Thank you, Susie! I hope we'll see you at the Car/Truck wash later today! And, Happy Mother's Day!
Susie May 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I will definitely stop by!
Amber P May 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Awesome! Good luck from a former cougar! :)
Fallston High DI May 14, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I want to thank everyone who came out and supported us this past Saturday... at the Car/Truck Wash behind the McDonalds at Red Pump & Rock Spring Roads, and at Harvest Fare in Fallston where some of the team helped to bag groceries. We were able to make a deeper dent in the needed funds for the Knoxville trip to globals, but we're still about $2,000 shy of our goal. Please, we still need help. For anyone who missed the events and still wish to help with financial support to send these kids to Knoxville, it's not too late! You can make donations at the team website (there's a link in the article above). Thank you again, and wish us luck in Knoxville!

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