Two Cy Falls teams medal in DI competition
"Logical Fallacies," from Cypress Falls High School, placed third in the Gulf Coast Regional tournament in their Destination Imagination challenge "Do or DI" held at Cinco Ranch High School. Performing first at 8:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning, this seven member team missed second place by a mere four points.
The educational focus of the challenge selected by Logical FALLacies was improvisational acting, story development, theater arts, teamwork and technical innovation.
The team had to research an endangered thing, which could range from an animal like the basking shark or panda bear to an inanimate object like the VHS tape or the landline telephone. During the competition the Logical FALLacies drew landline telephones as their endangered thing. Their stock character, also drawn at the competition, was the whiz kid and their superhero was given the unimpressive superpower of being lucky on Friday the 13th. Points were also given for creating human scenary and invisible props which in this case were money, a jar, vines, hills and inside a Wal-mart. The team's big finish was a choreographed dance.
This year the rules changed for this particular challenge and StuDIo was eliminated. So this meant the preparation time was reduced to just seven minutes to create the five minute skit.
"Cypress Falls #2" was their very formidable opponent. This newly formed team created by Ryan Rebagay is all men: Jake Hassell, Neil Novicio, Adam Waddell and Collins Hamilton. Ryan is the brother and former teammate of Rachel so the competition was intense on both the brother versus sister level and the five men versus six women, one man level. "Cypress Falls #2", performing last, completely dominated the Central Challenge in points and went on to take first place in the Region. They will advance to the State Competition April 16-17 in Carrollton, Texas to represent Cypress Falls High School. Logical FALLacies wishes Cypress Falls #2 all the best at state and hopes they go on to win Globals May 26-29 in Knoxville, TN at the University of Tennessee.
FALLacies team members Reese Finley, David King, Rachel Rebagay, Heather Bolton, and Lina Meghji have competed on a Cypress Falls DI team ("Logical FALLacies", " Freeze Dried Falls " and "Falls Five") for three years together and have medaled each year at Regionals. They are joined by veterans Daniela Osorio and Lesley Zimmer who have also medaled in previous years. The team considers their experience working together not only enriching but a gift that develops a unique creativity that they will treasure throughout their lives.
The Logical FALLacies send a heartfelt thank you to the many, many volunteers who made the Gulf Coast Regional tournament possible and to the HORIZONS Department for their funding.
Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem solving organization whose educational goals are to foster creative and critical thinking, to develop teamwork, collaboration, and leadership skills, and to nurture research and inquiry skills involving both creative exploration and attention to detail. The program is open to students from elementary through college and is part of the enrichment offered to HORIZONS students in C.F.I.S.D. Teams of up to seven members compete in various challenges that require complex thinking, problem solving, teamwork and creativity. The organization holds international competitions to encourage creativity in the world's youth.