Columbus-area students recognized for imagination

Four teams of Columbus students are celebrating victories after competing in the Destination Imagination global finals last month.

A group of local elementary and middle school students traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to compete in the global finals, where they were asked to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to complete challenges and compete against other teams from around the world.

The Northside Middle School team, known as the Silent P’s, competed in the In Plain Sight challenge at the middle level, earning 13th place out of 83 teams.

The first team from Parkside Ewlementary School, the Greek Squad, also competed in the In Plain Sight challenge, but at the elementary level, earning a 29th-place finish out of 95 teams.

The second Parkside team, the Cosmic Kids, competed in an improvisation challenge known as Close Encounters and brought home a 43rd-place finish out of 75 elementary level teams.

Finally, the Southside Elementary School team, the Rocket Raptors, finished 46th out of 78 middle-level teams in their challenge, Pace of Change.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5712.