SUMNER – Two teams from the Hartford Sumner Elementary School grades three through five took first and second place in the Destination Imagination Competition and will go on to the state competition in April.

The first-place group also won the DaVinci Award for writing an eight-minute skit based on an old-time radio show that showed how a team could work together to create a solid performance on a creative set with costumes they sewed themselves.

The skit included a cliff hanger, sound effects, a commercial with jingle and a breaking news bulletin. Team managers were Lisa Jack and Thea Palanza-Parker.

The second-place winners wrote an eight-minute skit in which they created an original invention to solve a problem. A serendipitous event caused invention changes, which solved a problem differently from the intended one.

The team also won the Renaissance Award, given for exceptional skill in the areas of engineering, design and performance. Team managers were Mechell Smith and Betsy Dunn.

Judy Smith’s junior high team, took first in a radio skit. One kindergartner from the primary team won a Renaissance Award for composing original music and performing it on the keyboard.


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