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The fourth time was the charm for six Lindale Junior High Students on the Destination Imagination (DI) team. Carter Colvin, Faith Rogers, Giddeon Storkson, Samuel Payne, Maddie Mezzell, and Jozie Taylor won the regional DI competition March 1.

The East Texas Region is one of the largest regional DI competitions in the world. Lindale students were up against 44 other teams in their age group, and they came out on top. Teams first participated in an Instant Challenge, where they must build a structure, act out a skit, or both with only six minutes to prepare. Next, came the Team Challenge. The students worked on this project several months ahead of time. Three team members built a structure using only wood, glue, and fishing line. The rest of the team developed a skit portraying how tension threatens stability. In the competition, the team must simultaneously perform the skit and utilize the structure to show how the storyline’s conflict is resolved. After the presentation, students answered any questions from the judges regarding their skit and props.

The seventh grade students set their sights on winning four years ago, when they began competing. The past two years, they have missed out on a bid to state by one place. The students said they are grateful for a chance at state.

“I feel a sense of finality that we could finally do what we’ve been trying to do for the past four years,” said team member Samuel Payne.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Sam Mezzell, the team’s manager. “They really stretched their limits a lot this year and I’m just proud they received recognition and an award for their hard work.”

The team of junior high students includes Mezzell’s daughter, Maddie. The team manager said he got the team together as a way to encourage out-of-the-box thinking. Now, it has become a family affair.

“I’m really excited because this will be the only time we’ve gone to state,” Maddie said.

“As a dad, I’m very proud to see my daughter be part of such a fun group of kids who really pour their hearts and souls into this project,” Mezzell said. “They make so many sacrifices to be part of this team.”

This win, Mezzell explained, was the boost the seventh grade students needed to keep doing what they love.

“I’m thankful we won and I’m excited to have an outlet where I can be creative,” said Colvin, one of the six team members.

The students will compete April 11–13 at the state competition in Pflugerville for the chance to earn a spot at the global meet.