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State champions Lynnfield Destination Imagination teams to represent Massachusetts at Global Finals

Lynnfield High School team “Punbelievable” and Lynnfield Elementary Schools (Summer Street and Huckleberry Hill) team “Sugar High” were two of the winning teams at Destination Imagination’s Massachusetts Regional & State tournaments. They will be competing in the Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., from May 23-May 26. The teams will find themselves among 8,000 students from 45 U.S. states and more than 15 different countries displaying their innovative challenge solutions.

“Punbelievable” took home the 1st place title in the state competition for the scientific challenge “Unlikely Attraction.” The team was tasked with building a carnival attraction in an unlikely location. They built a high striker (strength tester) inside a tree house, and they portrayed little children dressing up as the characters chosen by the “random” strikes on the high striker. The high striker was programmed by a Raspberry Pi computer, which generated the correct answers as coded.

“Sugar High” delivered a thoughtful message to inspire everyone to do their part to help people in need and save the planet. In their skit, which also was based on the scientific challenge “Unlikely Attraction,” a princess becomes aware of a slum and the issues its people face to fulfill their necessities. She introduces a vending machine and water filter to provide free, nutritious food and clean water. She also ensures the food packaging and water cups are compostable. The team creatively represented the slum by using rags, cardboard, paper, etc., and brought it to life using sound effects. It was amazing to see all they could accomplish together.

The team members from Lynnfield High School are Dominick Gravante, Molly Pifko, Makayla Maffeo, Alberto Benitez and Raden Sorli Hawk – coached by Elaine Gravante. The Lynnfield Elementary School team members are Nandana Nishanth, Alizia Harris, Zoe Rockwell and Lydia Buonopane – coached by Radhika Maruvanchery and Kimberly Buonopane.

To assist with the cost of travel and expenses, the students are organizing flamingo flocking, bake sales, an electronic recycling day, canning, craft sales, a fitness camp and a Red Sox raffle. Some of these are being held as part of Lynnfield’s GeraniumFest on May 12.

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