California GuarDIan

As a Native American symbol, the bear is as free in spirit as the great wind, and as grand as the universe in which it lives. The bear is a guardian of courage, protection, freedom, resourcefulness and occasionally unpredictability. Like the bear you have shown great commitment to our program and championed creativity, the thirst for knowledge, teamwork and kindness. 

Thank you CALDI GuarDIans!

2019 California Guardian Recipients

Best of the Bay

Central Coast

Elizabeth Barrett
Michelle Berlin
Jennifer Bowen
Eddie Aurand


Victoria Kessler-Perry
Neil McMahon
Genee McMahon


San Joaquin Valley Region

Silicon Valley

Mary Jane Campbell

Waves to Dunes

Robbin Guy
Dan Smith
Sue Lederman
Bobbie Thibault
April Sayegh


Steve Shearer
Kris Shearer
Lynda Kubota
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The Destination Imagination (DI) Experience!

Destination Imagination (DI) is a global program that promotes problem solving, teamwork, and creativity in students. Teams of up to seven students choose a challenge to work creatively and collaboratively to find a solution. Teams present their team challenge solutions by performing a skit in front of an audience and appraisers. The team challenges emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). In addition, the DI experience exposes students to instant challenges that give students practice in rapid thinking, design, planning, and executing. In DI, the solution belongs to the team members and the team members alone. All ideas, scenery, scripts, and props are created by the team members. No one outside the team may help in any way with the solution to the challenge. Team members sign a contract prior to every tournament stating that the solution is theirs and no one outside the team helped. Rising Stars teams have modified guidelines for interference rules.

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