ORONO – Close to 700 elementary, middle and high school youth from across Maine will descend onto the University of Maine campus on Saturday, April 9, for the state’s Destination ImagiNation (DI) Celebration.

The youth comprise 85 teams that have earned the right to perform, having placed first or second at four regional tournaments held earlier in March. First-place winners at UMaine will advance to the DI Globals to be held in late May at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Destination ImagiNation has grown to become Maine’s largest non-athletic after-school program.

Since last fall students from Arundel to Aroostook met after school to write the scripts, design the backdrops of scenery and create props to be used in their performances.

Each of the 85 teams will present their performance in front of appraisers between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony that will run from 5 to 6 p.m. Maine DI will also award college scholarships for $2,000 to students who have participated in the creative problem-solving program.

This year approximately 1,500 Maine youth participated in the program. For more information visit www.createME.org.

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