Eight teams from Andover competed at the Destination Imagination State Tournament on Saturday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Competing alongside 140 other teams from around Massachusetts, Andover’s creative problem-solvers worked hard to succeed at every level.
The Andover High School team, made up of Joseph Vetere, Andrew Matteucci, Dean Smith and Katherine O’Kelly, ran a Spirit Event for the younger children in order to entertain them in the late afternoon before closing ceremonies. They painted the younger children’s faces with Andover Blue and Gold and worked with them to create blue-and-gold Duct tape crowns, hats and large A’s to show their town pride.
High school team managers John Vetere, Ken Matteucci and Stephanie Maze-Hsu all agreed that their work showed the true Spirit of DI — the desire of the older students to mentor the younger ones.
The high school team competed in the problem called Going to Extremes, as did a combined fourth- and fifth-grade team from West and South elementary schools. That team was made up of Brendan Gruenberg, Sam Dougherty, Reed Cahill, Claire Cahill, Aparna Shanmugam and Kate Zdunczyk, with team manager Kerrie Fraser.
The elementary team’s story, according to Fraser, “was just so creative” and took on a science-fiction theme.
A Doherty Middle School team, coached by Melanie Auclair-Fortier and Joe Sylvester and made up of Darya Lee, Katy Clancy, Florence Grenon and Sami Sylvester, also competed in the Hong to Extreme problem.
Although they did not place, the Doherty Tension Builds team, made up of Joshua Krinsky, Jade Martinez, Ryan Giggey, Kyla Sullivan, Shawn Calabro and Maddy Fugere, along with team manager Margaret Sullivan, built a structure that held over 200 pounds.
The two Dig In teams wowed the audience with their clever solutions to this year’s problem of hiding objects in a box. The Doherty team was managed by Ken Matteucci and included eighth-graders Calvin Fumicello, Nathan Goldthwaite, Ian Hurley and William Hamilton.