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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - April 29, 2011

Destination ImaginNation

Pleasanton students competing in Global Finals

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The Pleasanton Sparks, a team of fourth-graders from Hearst Elementary, came in first in Destination ImagiNation's structural challenge category of "Verses! foiled again!" at the state finals held recently in Oakhurst, while the Other Team, from Fairlands Elementary, won for "Triple take road show."

A fourth-grade team from Lydiksen Elementary, Who Put the Chickys in the Oven, won the regional tournament and finished second at state.

The three Pleasanton teams now move on to represent California in the Destination ImaginNation Global Finals Tournament at the end of May in Knoxville, Tenn.

The structural challenge for the Sparks included building the lightest possible structure out of wood, aluminum foil and glue, which would hold the most weight. The challenge was titled "Verses! Foiled Again!," which meant the students had to perform a play where an evil person's plan was being foiled.

The play had to include a prop built only out of wood, foil and glue. Additionally, the kids had to show some extra skills to gain some bonus points. Lastly, each team was given an Instant Challenge, where in less than eight minutes, they had to solve and present their solution to a challenge.

The Pleasanton Sparks had the most efficient structure plus received the most points for being musically skilled, poetic and creative among all 19 teams in their category.

The Pleasanton Sparks team includes Ananth Kumar, Sharanya Kumar, Ashira Monga, Ryan Boyden, Brendan Hwang and Varun Rao.

The Other Team members are Purvaj Reddy Kandula, Trent Pozzi, Kelly Li, Divya Vilekar, Amritha Ramalingam and David Azuma.

Who Put the Chickys in the Oven completed in the scientific challenge, "Spinning a Tale," where they researched a natural energy cycle and developed and presented an original three-act circular story that demonstrated their knowledge of the energy cycle.

The Chickys presented the Cheese Cycle in a creative and entertaining story of dairy cows and farmers, taking viewers on the journey of cheese from milk to cheese to compost and back to the dairy farm.

The Chickys are Alyssa Wu, Conner Iwata, Justin Grigory, Kyra Shah, Mitchell Payne and Tyson Payne.

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