Warren honors local Destination Imagination winners in Capitol

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Perry Warren today in the Capitol honored local members of the Destination Imagination group Team et cetera for their showing in competitions held this year.

“The students came together and excelled, which reflects on their hard work, teachers and parents who supported them,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “It was an honor bringing these future leaders to the Capitol.”

Five Pennsbury students and one Council Rock student joined together to form the Destination Imagination team, which competed in a global competition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, in May. 

Four Pennsbury High School juniors - Nick Franchi, Tommy Kraeck, Leah Stoogenke and Regan Stump - joined Council Rock South sophomore Fran Miller, and Maya Stoogenke from Pennsbury’s William Penn Middle School, to form Team et cetera, coached by Scott Stoogenke. The team chose the Service Learning challenge and created both an eight-minute musical presentation and wrote, illustrated and published a children's book for their project.

The book, titled "Maggie's Box," is about a girl who discovers by thinking outside the box, she can do anything, according to the team.

At state finals in April, they placed first in their category and won the coveted Renaissance Award for the creativity of their project across all categories and levels. At Globals, they placed 12th out of 70 teams overall in the Service Learning category and second out of 70 teams on the core portion of the project: the musical and the book.

Destination Imagination, a spinoff of Odyssey of the Mind, is a nonprofit organization that fosters learning and creativity through open-ended challenges in STEAM (STEM with the arts included) and service-learning.