Students from Yucaipa Christian Schools finished second in Destination Imagination, an international non-profit program designed to get participants to think creatively and enhance their creativity.
The six students, all third and fourth-graders, will compete in the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. next month, where they will be up against 1,300 similar teams from around the world, according to a statement.
Every year, Destination Imagination hosts seven tournaments for teams that concentrate on technical, scientific, fine art and improvisational topics. Tournaments start at the local level and progress to regional, state and global competition.
The team from Yucaipa Christian, called the Fuzzy Mustaches, choose the fine arts competition. They were required to research the work of an artist who was born outside the United States, then perform a live comic strip based on that artist’s work.
“I am so proud of our students,” Yucaipa Christian principal James Cochran said in the statement. “This is the first year we’ve had a team participate in this competition, and it’s phenomenal their hard work and creativity has propelled them to an international platform.”
About $20,000 will be needed to send the Yucaipa Christian students to Tennessee. Anyone interested in helping may send a check to CA Creativity Association, 35177 Beech St., Yucaipa, Ca., 92399.