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April 14, 2005
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School of Mines Team Wins Destination ImagiNation
Imagination and creativity earned the South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology-sponsored team the top spot — and the most prestigious award — in
the Destination ImagiNation state competition held recently in Pierre.
The competition required the Rapid City students to develop and perform an
eight-minute radio play, complete with a commercial break and a news bulletin,
using any subject matter they chose. The news bulletin was part of the challenge
— each team had just one minute prior to performing to prepare a news story to
go with a headline created by the judges.
The skit performed by School of Mines team took place on the back of “Boomer
the Dog.” The characters — played by Dan, Tom, and Anne Pfeifle, Hannah and
Patrick LaMarine, and Tony Smoragiewicz — were all fleas. In the story, war has
broken out between the fleas and ticks, and the fleas’ blood bank has been
raided by unknown thieves. The plot thickens when the hero’s “flea-ancé” is
discovered to be. . . a tick!
The team captured first place in the middle school division, earning extra credit
for the creative use of puns, props and sound effects. The entire cast performed
their parts without scripts, something expected only at the high school level.
The team also won the Da Vinci award, offered “for exceptional creativity, a
unique approach to the problem and/or risk taking.” According to the citation,
“this is Destination ImagiNation's most prestigious award and should not be given
The team practiced and polished their performance for months before the
competition. They built the set and props, designed and created the costumes,
and wrote the script and music, all without the help of adults. Jane Pfeifle served
as team manager.
Destination ImagiNation is an international organization for kindergarten through
college students and community groups. Its purpose it to teach life skills and
expand imaginations through team-based creative problem solving.
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