MMS team takes first place at Des­ti­na­tion Imag­i­na­tion

Record Observer - - SCHOOL - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School stu­dents took first place in the state at the mid­dle school level Des­ti­na­tion Imag­i­na­tion com­pe­ti­tion. They com­peted Satur­day, April 1 at Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more County and qual­i­fied for the na­tion­als — Glob­als — to be held in May at the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee.

Known col­lec­tively as team The Steel En­chi­lan­das — for­merly known as the Poofy Pumper­nickel Flap­jacks — McLain Mo­gel, Caleb Brad­field, Colin Bas­tian and Jor­dan Hunter, are all eighth-graders at Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School. The team is man­aged by par­ent vol­un­teer Ja­nine Hunter. Their team chal­lenge in­volved a com­mu­nity pre­sen­ta­tion to Mat­a­peake Ele­men­tary School for re­cy­cling aware­ness. All teams had to com­pete in a cen­tral chal­lenge and an in­stant chal­lenge in front of a panel of judges.

The DI Joes, also from MMS, placed fourth in the state in their cat­e­gory, nar­rowly miss­ing a chance to com­pete in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

From left, McLain Mo­gel, Caleb Brad­field, Colin Bas­tian and Jor­dan Hunter, eighth-graders at Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School. Their team, The Steel En­chi­ladas (for­merly known as the Poofy Pumper­nickel Flap­jacks), placed first in the state in the Ready, Will­ing and Fa­ble cat­e­gory at the mid­dle school level at Des­ti­na­tion Imag­i­na­tion on April 1.

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