NO. R-162.  House concurrent resolution honoring the Randolph Elementary School’s Destination Imagination team.

(H.C.R.103)

Offered by:  Representatives French of Randolph and Webster of Randolph.

Offered by:  Senator MacDonald of Orange County.

Whereas, on March 23, 2003, the Randolph Elementary School’s Destination Imagination team won the statewide intermediate level “Change in Direction” challenge and qualified for the 2003 Destination Imagination Global Finals to be held at the University of Tennessee in May, and

Whereas, the Destination Imagination competition fosters creative problem solving, teamwork, and hands-on experience with technical problems, and

Whereas, the Randolph team worked for the past six months on a highly technical challenge, called “A Change in Direction” which, in part, required the children to design a technical device that performed two different tasks, using all the same parts in both tasks, and the team’s solution was judged on the basis of its creativity, how closely it conforms to the specifications of the challenge, and the overall teamwork displayed by the children, and

Whereas, the team also won the “DaVinci Award,” presented to one team at each statewide competition which most clearly demonstrates that spirit of adventurous risk in its solutions, and

Whereas, in presenting the DaVinci Award to Randolph, the judges described the team’s solution as creatively integrating its knowledge of the physiology of cancer, the use of technology with its “time machine” clock while effectively honoring its teacher who died of cancer, and

Whereas, the symbolism of the students’ costumes admirably conveyed the change from a healthy cell to a cancerous cell and their performance provoked reflection, and

Whereas, the team’s remarkable accomplishment is magnified by its decision to compete with the same team members from last year, and, because one of the children had just turned 12 in March, the entire team which included children as young as age nine, was required to compete against children as old as age 14 and in the eighth grade, and

Whereas, all the children on the team, consisting of Nathan Bacon, Morgan Easton, Molly Harrness, Zach Miller, Shayne Reis, and Will Seymour, recognize they are emissaries representing their school and community when they participate in the Global Finals, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Randolph Elementary School’s “Change in Direction” team for its tremendous accomplishments at the statewide Destination Imagination tournament and wishes the team the best of luck in the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Randolph Elementary School.