Proctor Students Headed To China For Competition

Updated: 12/03/2013 3:55 PM
Created: 12/02/2013 4:31 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

It's a first-time opportunity for a program in Proctor. A group of students is heading to China Wednesday for a problem-solving competition.

"I'm really excited because it's a bucket list thing you never expect to actually do," senior Megan Stemper said.

"It's kind of crazy," senior Brianna Westendorf said. "It really hasn't set in yet."

The students are part of Destination Imagination. It's a program that encourages students to be creative problem solvers.

They hone their skills with improv challenges. Students are given a problem they must solve with certain objects within a set amount of time. That's the kind of challenges they will face in Beijing.

This is the first time U.S. Destination Imagination teams have traveled overseas for a competition. The two teams from Proctor will be joined by three other teams from the United States. One team is from Blaine; the two others are from New York and Colorado.

During the competition, each U.S. team will be paired with a team from China.

"They'll be interacting with kids their age from China in this improv challenge," Destination Imagination Regional Director Allison Nicolson said. "It will be totally brand new to them."

"I'm looking forward to seeing kids my age from another culture to see what they're like," sophomore Daniel Roach said.

The five U.S. Teams were invited to the Beijing competition after qualifying at the World Competition in Tennessee last school year.

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