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Imagination Teams Earn Two First Place Finishes

Trout Lake News for March 15

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

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Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Maxine@gorge.net

Trout Lake Destination Imagination teams once again stun their competition with two first place wins in the Central Region Tournament in Wenatchee on March 2 and 3! Once again our students and teachers represent the education provided by a dedicated community well. Laurie Sherburne and Katy McKinney have nurtured DI teams for 20 very successful years.

Destination Imagination is a non-profit corporation supported by affiliates working together to offer an international, youth centered, creative problem- solving program.

The middle school team composed of Anna Nakae, Natasha Johnson, Jessie Robertson, Veronica Glen, Chelsea Cox, Amy Underwood and Ashley Powell , with coach Laurie Sherburne, responded to the challenge to present a performance entitled "Round About Courage" using a technique called theater in the round. They were to develop a story involving a hero who shows courage in overcoming one or more challenges. The topic they chose to develop was teen age suicide.

The elementary school team composed of Devin Van Laar, Jackson Nakae, Nolan Whitaker, Ben Vollema, Seth Tiffin, Maggie Baker, and Natasha Wilson, coached by Katie McKinney chose a challenge entitled CSI:DI in which they had to create a story containing a case that gets solved by collecting evidence. They must also develop a gadget that uses the special properties of visible light to analyze some of the evidence. CSI stands for "Color, Shadow and Illumination," the qualities of which are used to create special effects, and serve as metaphor for a shadowy and a colorful character.

The elementary team, in addition to winning first place was awarded the "Da Vinci" award for outstanding creativity.

Both teams will go to the State Tournament in Wenatchee May 23-26. Good luck teams, and thank you Laurie and Katy for your wonderful work.

Last Thursday, 70 pre-schoolers thru fourth graders were treated to an entertaining puppet performance by Jason Ropp of Dragon Puppet Theater. His show, "The Reluctant Dragon" tied in well to the March RIF (Reading is Fundamental) program theme of Fairytales. The RIF coordinators wish to thank the Trout Lake Community Club and the Trout Lake Arts Council for funding this special event. If your child enjoyed the show, you may wish to mark your calendar for March 31, when Jason will be debuting a new show, "The Clueless Detective" at the Hood River Library at 2 p.m.

Mark your calendars. On April 14 from 1 to 4 the Trout Lake Presbyterian Church will be sponsoring an Immigration Conference at the Trout Lake School. This is an informational conference at which Pat Arnold, Eric Schram, Howard Bulick, Tina Castanares and Antonio Montoya, persons from our area who have been intimately involved with immigration and employment issues will speak. Thomas Roach, immigration attorney from Pasco, will speak at the conference, and meet with Spanish speaking persons from 1:45 until 3 in the community education room at the school.

Refer to the Trout Lake website for greater detail on this project and other items on the Trout Lake calendar. Thanks to Dave Wampler for maintaining this community resource.

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