The High Plain-Bancroft team was made up of Andrew Beckwith, Oscar Bunting, Griffin Hout, Cameron Kirn, Cameron Riley and Tamer Srouji with team managers Nancy Lee and David Bunting. They constructed a homemade metal detector to locate their hidden objects with clicks and noises. This elementary team placed second in their age group, and qualified for Global Finals in Tennessee in May.
A first-year High Plain team of fifth-graders Emme Pitts, Lizzie Jones, Katie Budinger and Abby Chou, with team managers Jackie Cirello Pitts and Katie Budinger, competed in the Improv Challenge where they had to prepare by researching occupations from multiple historical time periods. The team placed first in its age group, also scoring a trip to globals.
The eighth Andover team competing at states was a combined West-Wood Hill middle school team of veteran seventh and eighth=graders who solved the Laugh Art Loud challenge. The team included Ananda Kao, Emily Wagner, Josh Combs, Daniella Tagliaferri, Maria Tagliaferri and Dario Tagliaferri along with team managers Kate Wagner and Stephanie Maze-Hsu. They placed second in their challenge, and also qualified to participate in global finals for the third time.
Joining the three teams in earning a trip to globals is the Andover DI Alums grouping of Rachel Christ, Rebecca Doolan, Michaela Olson, Dan Murray and Robert Hsu, who will be competing as a University Level Team representing their colleges: Clark University in Worcester, Lesley University in Cambridge, Cornell University in New York, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Washington University in St. Louis respectively.
Deciding whether to actually go to globals, an expensive proposition, will be the next step for the top teams. A Dracut-based nonprofit group, Actors, Inc., is working to help defray the costs by donating all of its proceeds from an upcoming production of “Les Miserables” later this month to the DI teams in the Merrimack Valley and surrounding communities. Visit www.actorsincorporated.com for more.