A total of 11 students comprising two teams from three Brighton schools will be participating Saturday in the Destination Imagination Region 1 Tournament at Waterford Mott High School.

This is the first year that the Brighton Area Schools has participated in the competition. One of the teams, called “The Dogz”, are competing today in the Challenge Drop Zone, which requires them to create a structure composed of wood, rubber bands, cork and fishing line, to hold weight and be able to absorb weights being dropped on it.

The team members are Elijah Grove, Reece Miller and Karl Reusze from Maltby Intermediate School and Carson Bond of Scranton Middle School. The other Brighton team is called the "DI Dabbers”. It consists of Katelyn Bond and Bella Pipesh from Maltby and five 4th graders from Hornung Elementary: Colter Kashian, Pierce Pettengill, Frank and Mackenzie Foltyn, and Drew Smith.

The DI Dabbers are competing in a Project Outreach challenge called Inside Impact, in which they had to think of a community need and create a project to address it. The team tackled homelessness and organized a drive to create care package bags for homeless shelters in Ann Arbor. The group collected over 800 items and delivered them to the shelters. They also had to learn about “infographics" and create storage devices to hold their props, scenery and costumes.

The team will be competing in the state tournament at Michigan State University on April 14th. (TT)