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Amherst DI Teams Finish Strong at State Finals


Amherst Destination Imagination Teams Finish Strong at State Finals


It’s an academic tournament unlike any other – and Saturday in Nashua four Amherst student teams finished in third or fourth place for their respective challenge and age levels.


They competed against more than 200 teams in New Hampshire to reach this point. These students spent five months crafting solutions to challenges focused in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) or Service Learning Challenges. Teams were appraised on creativity, problem-solving and collaboration abilities, as well as “think on their feet” problem-solving skills. In the process, teams learn to combine soft skills, such as communication skills, with hard knowledge skills – the Future of Work Skills.


The Cloud Sheep earned third place at the Elementary Level for the challenge Game On (Fine Arts).   


Jordan Lussier, Merrie Frances Truslow, Team Manager Amy Fillion, Jamie Kozhevnikov, Orleans Germond, and Noah Fillion

The Gabby Gang earned third place at the Middle Level for the challenge Medical Mystery (Scientific).   


Marley McDonald, Audrey Allison, Allie Breault, Team Manager Michele Allison, Emma Crisman, Cieva Fairbanks, Mikey Jacobs, Team Manager Kathy Crisman, and Isabelle Dos Santos 

The Grease Weasels earned third place at the Middle Level for the challenge Monster Effects (Engineering).  


Team Manager Jamie Kennedy, Charlie Hall, James Kennedy, Team Manager David Hall, and Ryan Dupuis 

The Candy Crushers earned fourth place at the Elementary Level for the challenge Game On (Fine Arts). 


(Front Row) Dominic Caputo and Hannah Stone;  (Middle) Marcus Kevaney, Tyler Lupoli, Hazel Schuft, Emme Cailler and Emma Tapley; (Team Managers) Nikki Cailler and Colleen Tapley