A team of seven students from Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School competed in the Destination Imagination Global Finals May 22-25 in Kansas City, Mo. DI is a nonprofit that promotes hands-on learning through challenges that test kids’ creativity, problem-solving and project-management skills.
The Super Dupers were crowned World Champions for the second time in front of a crowd of 17,000 people. The seniors have competed together for nine years. Team members are Jenna Burow, Adam Fullhart, Silvana Gold, Louise Hazel, Ben Mann, Gabby Puzzella and Sean Wiseman.
“When my son was younger, we were looking for an extracurricular activity,” said Brian Mann, co-team manager. “A fraternity brother told me about DI, and it sounded like something he would be a little more excited to do.”
The friends chose to participate in the senior level technical challenge requiring them to build an aircraft capable of carrying payloads and delivering them to a precise location. They had to present their invention in the form of an eight-minute skit.
“They were given their instructions in September, and they worked until May to make their invention the best possible,” Mann said. “They also competed locally during that time.”
The team also won in 2017.
“They won their sophomore year, but didn’t feel a lot of pressure to do as well as the year before,” Mann said. “This year, though, they wanted to go out on top as seniors. They’ve been doing this a long time against a lot of the same teams who have become their rivals. They really wanted to win.”
The teammates will different universities in the fall.
“This was their last hurrah, so it was very emotional,” Mann said. “They’re all going to miss each other next year.”