Three teams from Catholic high school make unprecedented trip
For the City Times
Students on three Pacelli High School teams are fresh from their trip to Nashville- and with top global honors under their belts.
The teams recently competed at the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxille, TN, placing 2nd, 10th and 14th overall in the improvisation category. Finals were held May 19-24 at the University of Tennessee campus.
“We are extremely proud that Pacelli placed three teams in the top 15, out of a total field of 73 high school teams from across the nation and the world,” said Larry Theiss, Pacelli principal. “The students and the coaches worked hard all year to develop the students’ teamwork and critical thinking skills. The students certainly performed excellently when the light shone brightest at finals, just like they did at regional and state competition.”
“It is unprecedented for any high school to send three teams to Global Finals within one category, like improvisation,” said long-time Pacelli DI coach and mentor Anne Rogalski. “To experience this kind of success means that students are focusing on skills that will help them succeed in their professions and careers well after high school. They learn how to listen to each others’ ideas, and how to efficiently implement the best ideas that help them perform well in competition. They develop keen communication and analytical skills in the process. Those skills are in high demand in college and the business world.”
More than 1,460 teams from around the world participated in the event, which focused on testing students’ critical thinking and team-working skills.
The Pacelli teams and their respective finishes at Globals are as follows:
Finishing 2nd: The Crew: Zach Brocken, Jared Lunt, Molly Wirtz, Kaylyn Kluck, Austin Mansavage, Patrick Rath. Coach: Allycia Zalac.
Finishing 10th: Team Omikron: Laura Mitch, Daniel Mitch, Noah LaMaide, Timothy Shulfer, Christopher Jensen, Kenzie Schlagenhaft. Coaches: Sydney Otis and Claire Baumhofer.
Finishing 14th: Team Alpha: Rebecca Formella, Caleb Kulich, Nick Rosenthal, Mariah Studinski, Julia Neufeld, Karisa Mansavage. Coaches: Anne Rogalski, Debbie Weishan and Jordan Gross.
“It is fun to compete with my teammates, but it is just as fun to meet new people from all over the world,” said Kenzie Schlagenhaft, a member of Team Omikron.
More information about the Global DI Finals can be found at www.globalfinals.org.