Members of Algoma’s Destination Imagination teams have begun to arrive in Knoxville for the DI Globals Finals that begin Wednesday at the University of Tennessee.

Two teams from Algoma public schools placed high enough in the April state competition to advance to the Global Finals. The high school team Flamin’ Hot Cheetos placed first in the Technical Challenge during the statewide competition held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The elementary school team Project Super Heroes placed second in the Project Outreach Challenge.

To help raise money for the trip, the teams hosted a successful electronics recycling event May 13, and several teachers helped by taking abuse from students who made donations to the cause.

DI duct tape teachers

Algoma High School teachers Aaron Renquin and Michael Kruis are duct-taped to a wall as part of a fundraiser for Destination Imagination. (Algoma School District DI Facebook photo)

Three Algoma High School teachers agreed to be the victims in a “Duct Tape a Teacher to the Wall” fundraiser at the high school and middle school. Michael Kruis, Aaron Renquin, and Jennifer Massey spent a lunch hour being attached to the wall.

Meanwhile, Algoma Elementary School students raised more than $300 to make third-grade teacher Chuck Bretl a target. Students paid $1 per squirt of shaving cream with a three-squirt-per-sponge limit, then took aim. Bretl wore protective goggles during the ordeal in front of a school assembly.

According to the global organization’s YouTube page, “The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.”