PRESS RELEASE – April 20, 2018

The 2017-18 Destination Imagination (DI) season has been a successful one for Fluvanna County Public Schools. Two teams participated in the Jefferson Region DI Tournament held on Saturday, February 17, 2018. One of Fluvanna’s teams advanced to State competition.

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is an international creative problem-solving program that offers children in kindergarten through university level a chance to showcase their critical thinking, presentation, brainstorming, time management, and research skills, by solving challenges in five different areas of interest. The DI program encourages outside-the-box thinking, teaching children that there are many ways to approach and solve problems. Although DI is a competition, the program focuses more on team building that helps students develop lifelong abilities like collaboration, courtesy, and valuing diversity.

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, two Fluvanna teams competed in the Jefferson Region Destination ImagiNation Regional Tournament held at Monticello High School. The teams presented their solutions to one of five challenges representing technical design and construction, theater arts and playwriting, scientific invention, improvisational acting, and structural engineering. There was also a special non-competitive challenge for children in kindergarten through second grade.

Listed below are the teams that represented Fluvanna:
West Central
Rising Stars – Non-Competitive
Team Manager – Gladys Guzman
Team Members – Mateo Achmad, William Dusenberry, Hannah Fritz, Mateo Achmad-Guzmán, Hudson Porter, and Emily Requeno

Rising Stars – Non-Competitive
Team Managers – Adam and Erica Mercer
Team Members – Zachary Davis, Hyden Kile, Addison Mercer, and William Thrasher
Team Name – D-I-nosaurs
Team Manager – Dana Hodges
Team Members – Ethan Hodges, Amaya Megginson, Paxton Tolliver, and Micah Wood

Team Name – Galactic Potatoes
Team Managers – John and Carrielyn Rhea
Team Members – Alaina Gardiner, Ruby Godlewski, Andrew Jamison, and Gabriel Rhea

The D-I-nosaurs advanced to the state tournament that was held at Atlee High School on Saturday, April 9, 2018. Our 2nd graders did an awesome job ranking 4th in the Maze Craze at the Elementary Level. The team found out on Monday, that they have qualified for Global Competition at the University of Tennessee on May 23-26, 2018. The team is currently working to raise funds to attend. If you would like to contribute go to:

For more information about Fluvanna’s Destination ImagiNation Teams contact Brenda Gilliam at phone: 434-589-8208 or email: For more information about DI go to

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