Clark Destination Imagination Team Headed to Nationals

Clark Destination Imagination Team Headed to Nationals

April 08, 2015 at 11:48 AM


A local Destination Imagination team believes that “you don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”.  They won 1st place at the California Destination Imagination state finals in Riverside on March 28, while presenting a fairy tale skit full of imperfect characters who learn to embrace each others’ differences. 

The team is named The Seven Deadly Grimms and consists of six students from Clark Intermediate School in Clovis and one student from University High. The students - Kat B, Marin B, Luke C, Emma E, Jacob F, Tina P, and Braden P - received the highest score out of 65 teams in their instant challenge competition. They also won first place in the Fine Arts main challenge.

As state champions, the team has been invited to participate in the Global Finals competition in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 19-23. They will compete against teams from around the world.  The next big challenge they face is raising approximately $10,000 to make the trip.

Destination Imagination (DI) is a creative problem solving competition for students in elementary school through college. Students use math, science, and artistic talents to solve complex problems. Teams compete in two areas: a prepared challenge that is solved over a period of several months and presented at the tournament, and a “top-secret” instant challenge which is revealed at the tournament and must be solved in a matter of minutes.  Teams must demonstrate creativity, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and knowledge of many academic fields in order to succeed.

The team has been meeting every Saturday since November. They have spent many long hours creating an entertaining fairy tale skit about a narrator who fears imperfection. The character falls into a fractured fairy tale where he meets a brave princess, a witch trapped in a magic mirror, a dragon who recites poetry, a prince who loves to bake, a fairy godmother who sings Broadway tunes, and a dancing bush.  The narrator learns that "imperfection is beautiful", and the characters live imperfectly ever after.

The team hopes to raise $10,000 to defray travel and housing expenses for the Global Finals tournament in May. To donate, contact team manager Cheryl Hedrick at (559)356-1119 or You may donate online via the team’s GoFundMe campaign at


Contact Person:           Cheryl Hedrick

                                   5256 San Jacinto Ave.

                                   Clovis, CA 93619

                                   Phone: (559) 356-1119