Three Pacelli teams qualify for global competition
For the City Times
For the first time ever, Pacelli High School will be sending three student teams to the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The contest will be held on May 20-23 at the University of Tennessee campus.
The Pacelli teams will be among over 1,400 teams from throughout the world, comprised of about 6,000 total participants competing in age classes from grade school through high school.
“We are excited and extremely proud of our students, their volunteer team coaches, and their parents and families for the success of these student teams at the state DI championships,” said Pacelli Principal Larry Theiss. “The DI program is an excellent complement to the academic instruction that students receive as part of the standard curriculum.”
The three Pacelli teams qualified for the global competition by securing the top three spots in the Improvisation category at the Wisconsin state championships held at UW-Stevens Point on April 18. The state championship event followed regional competition held in March. Also qualifying for Globals in the Improvisation category Germantown High School, Germantown.
“The competition is intense at the state level, and will be even more keen at the global level,” said long-time Pacelli DI coach Anne Rogalski, adding the experience at Globals would be “exhilarating” for students, coaches, and family members. “The students make friends with other students from across the world at the global competition, often for life.”
Destination Imagination is an academic program for public and private schools that encourages teams of students to take risks in specific academic challenges using principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the arts and service-learning.
DI participants say they learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics and respect for others and their ideas, as well as the collaborative problem solving process.
Fundraising in Full Force
“The students and their families are now working hard at raising the necessary funds and logistical support to help the students travel to and compete in Knoxville for the global competition,” Theiss said. “The Stevens Point community will likely see many opportunities over the next several weeks to help support the students in the form of brat cook-outs, Improv nights, and candy bar sales.”
Theiss said the costs of attending Globals is not covered by tuition or other fees, so it can be a challenge to raise the resources necessary.
“We all will have had our fill of bratwurst and spaghetti by the time the students get to the global championships,” Theiss said, referring to fundraising events.
Theiss estimated the “bare-bones” cost to send each student is $1,250 which includes a hotel room, meals and travel expenses.
A team from St. Peter’s Middle School attended Globals in 2014 and won the Improvisation category.
“We hope to achieve the same success this year, but with all three of our teams tied for first place,” Theiss said.
Pacelli team members and coaches include:
The Crew: Zach Brocken, Jared Lunt, Molly Wirtz, Kaylyn Kluck, Austin Mansavage, Patrick Rath. Coach: Allycia Zalac.
Team Omicron: Laura Mitch, Daniel Mitch, Noah LaMaide, Timothy Shulfer, Christopher Jensen, Kenzie Schlagenhaft. Coaches: Sydney Otis and Clair Baumhofer.
Team Alpha: Rebecca Formella, Caleb Kulich, Nick Rosenthal, Maria Studinski, Julia Neufeld, Karissa Mansavage. Coaches: Anne Rogalski and Debbie Weishan.
Donations can be dropped of or mailed directly to Pacelli High School, 1301 Maria Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54481. Checks should be made out to “Pacelli High School-DI”. All donations are tax deductable.
For more information, contact Pacelli at (715)341-2442.