Posted by Jim Garrett
The Pagosa Springs High School Destination Imagination Team members with their coach, teacher Becky Thompson were in attendance.  The team is entered in a global competition to occur at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tn., and is seeking to raise funds for the travel expenses.  Needed by May 21st was an additional $7000, they said.
According to its website, “Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. We develop project-based learning programs that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.”  Entrants in the competition are from countries around the world.  Teams compete in eight categories ranging from scientific demonstrations to improvisational performance.
The team in attendance at the meeting is entered in the Fine Arts Challenge Category, for which the members explained they will do a musical skit addressing the weighty subject of suicide.  Coach Thompson told us that Pagosa has an impressive history of participation in the Destination Imagination program, and noted as an example that three of the six regional teams entered in the global competition this year are from the High School.
The 'proverbial hat' was passed to support these students in their endeavor.