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Anneliese Schools’ Destination Imagination teams score big wins at competition at Thurston 

All the hard work paid off for Anneliese Schools’ Flossaraptors and Mindstorms student teams, who scored second and third place wins at the local Destination Imagination Challenge at Thurston Middle School on March 9. This is the first year the teams have participated.

Anneliese Schools winners

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The Mindstorms won medals: (L-R) Daytona J., Elan D., Cooper Ch., Klara H.

Since the start of school in September, Flossaraptors and Mindstorms have looked forward to the Destination Imagination Challenge. The Destination Imagination Challenge they chose was to design and build a structure that weighs only 175 grams but holds the most amount of weight. 

Anneliese Schools Mindstorms

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Mindstorms: (L-R) Cooper Ch., Daytona J., Klara H., Elan D.

 In conjunction with the structure, a play was required to be performed in which a monster suddenly appears. For a month, the students brainstormed, problem solved, built, rebuilt, rethought, and improved their projects. 

To see the project to completion, they put in a lot of extra time on weekends and worked on it in their free time and during vacation. But it was worth it when they won. 

Anneliese Schools competitors

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Flossaraptors and Mindstorms teams worked long and hard for their medals

The Anneliese Schools team received special recognition for incorporating German foreign language (an integral aspect of the Anneliese Schools curriculum) into their performance. The team, led by Anneliese Schools teachers Tina Hamersley and Roberta Haines, is still beaming with pride and joy while they are getting ready for the State Tournament on April 6 in Clovis, Calif.

Anneliese Schools Flossaraptors

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Flossaraptors: (L-R) Kirra M., Alexandria C., Milo P., Kenie H.

Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university level students worldwide. Students form teams of up to seven members, select their preferred Challenge and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge. Each team has at least one Team Manager (often a parent or teacher) who helps keep the team on track but does not assist or interfere with the team’s project.

Destination Imagination offers seven engaging Challenges in STEAM education: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Engineering, Service Learning, and Early Learning.

Anneliese Schools’ Willowbrook campus is located at 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd, (949) 497-8310.

For more information about the school, visit

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