Local 8th Graders Win Global Competition


Six area middle schoolers are now winners of a global competition. Eighth graders from St. Peter Middle School in Stevens Point took first place in the Global Destination Imagination competition last week.

"It helps you out in your mindset and what you want to do," Mackenzie Schlagenhaft, team member said.

These St. Peter Middle Schoolers just got back from the Global Destination Imagination competition. The program challenges the kids to think on their feet and use their creativity to solve a given problem.

"It definitely boosts your creativity a lot," they said, "you look at things in a different way."

This year, team 'omikron' competed in the improv competition.

"This year they had to incorporate a character from the past, a character from the present, a character with makeup," Claire Baumhofer and Sydney Otis, team managers said, "and then they were also thrown a pandamonium, which is a problem."

They have five minutes to put together a creative skit that includes their given characters, scenarios and solves their problem. While going up against international students seems daunting, these 8th graders came back with a 1st place trophy.

"We were expecting the highest to be like, 15th, or something great like that, because we knew it was hard, 80 teams," the kids said.

While spending three hours after school practicing improv isn't every kids' dream, team 'omikron' -- which is the greek letter for 'unstoppable' -- say they love their team.

"Its fun, number one," the kids said, "it boosts your creativity, it helps you with problem solving skills, and it just, expands your horizon. its not just sports."

The team members say they hope to compete again on the high school level, and want to keep team 'omikron' together.


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