This quote from the DI challenges captured the attention of the high school team from Perrin-Whitt. The team, consisting of Jake Hall, Eric Hall, Robert Jump, Meggan Jump, Cole Hall, and Aidan Sims spent countless hours preparing for the regional tournament which was held in Flower Mound in March.
The team members had to design and build small vehicles that were able to reliably and accurately travel specific distances and use at least three different power sources.
They also had to present a story about the dangers faced by vehicles, told from the point of view of one or more of the vehicles.
The team chose to tell the story of a metropolitan cab who encountered many obstacles, including an overly ambitious Australian named Crocodile Dave. The scenery, script, actors and costumes captured the attention of the audience while Jake Hall skillfully directed the vehicles on a designated path.
The team advanced to the state level where they competed against schools from across Texas. The Perrin-Whitt High School Destination Imagination team competed in the Texas DI Affiliate Tournament in Katy, April 12. This 1-A school team held its own against 19 other high school teams from 1-A to 4-A school districts. The Perrin-Whitt team placed 9th and brought home some wonderful memories.
Ann Gregory and Chris Hall were the team managers. When asked about their feelings for this team, Mrs. Gregory simply stated, “I am so proud of them.”
Mr. Hall said, “Once again our Perrin team showed they could compete at the state level against “the big boys” from Dallas, Houston, and specialized private schools. I am proud to support a team that scored better overall than over half of the other contestants. Plus, I’m especially proud that our team ranked 1st for their technical/engineering design and 2nd for their propulsion systems design.
“The Destination Imagination program is a unique experience that provides students the opportunity to develop important life skills. I have not seen any other program that simultaneously challenges a team in the areas of science, engineering, safety, environmental consciousness, drama, improvisation, problem solving, teamwork, perseverance, and patience!”
Mrs. Gregory and Mr. Hall worked with this team and were a terrific support team for them.
The team held a fund raiser at the First Baptist Church in Perrin a week before the state tournament and received more than enough support to make the trip to Katy. The support of the community is beyond words.
Congratulations to a small town team with the determination the size of Texas!