The 7th grade Destination Imagination team from Forest Meadow Junior High has advanced to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee after a successful state tournament in April. They’re long on creativity but short on funds for their trip, so they’re selling Kindle Fire raffle tickets to help offset the costs of attending the competition.

Dr. James Murray of Abrams Royal Animal Clinic got them started by donating the Kindle Fire, and tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The winner will be drawn June 2nd. You can email team mom Jodi Stewart at jodi_stewart@sbcglobal.net to make a purchase.

Ryan Brockette, Catherine Bryant, Evan Stewart and Stephanie Stolte comprise the award-winning crew, making their third trip to globals. While at the University of Tennessee over Memorial Day weekend, they’ll meet teams from all 50 states and 37 countries and compete in the structural and architectural design challenge. They have created an extremely light-weight structure of only wood and glue, and they will perform a skit in which they deliver golf balls and stack weights onto the structure. The goal is to maximize the ratio of weights plus golf balls before it crushes.

Destination Imagination is an after-school activity that encourages student creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Teams are tested to think on their feet to devise original solutions by working together. Another team from FMJH, Kate Brackenridge, Brooke Elkjer and Caroline Lewis, made it to state this year.

Congratulations guys, and good luck!