LAGUNA BEACH, CA — It’s the next stop in Destination Imagination as two Laguna Beach schools advanced to the Global Finals in Kansas City, Missouri May 22-25.

“Destination Imagination is a project-based educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments,” a Laguna Beach Unified School District spokesperson said.

Global Finals is the culminating event of the DI Tournament with more than 1,400 of the top-scoring teams from 45 U.S. states and 14 countries participating. The scheduled festivities include the DI Tournament, interactive exhibits, pin trading, skills workshops, and more.


“Creative thinking is a critical problem-solving skill that encourages students to approach problems with fresh perspectives to develop new solutions,” said LBUSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jason Viloria.

The Destination Imagination Tournament provides an opportunity for students to hone their social-emotional self-management skills as they learn to cope with risk, confusion, and disorder to complete the varying challenges, according to Viloria.


Laguna Beach High School’s Brilliant Boom Bam Bananas competed in the Technical Challenge: On Target.

Their challenge was to design and build an aircraft that takes off, flies, and lands; design the aircraft to deliver a team-created payload, and to create and present a story about one or more characters exploring a remote place. The team placed second at the affiliate tournament, qualifying for global finals.

Thurston Middle School’s Catnip competed in the Improvisational Challenge (Heads Up) and placed third, qualifying for global finals.

The challenge asked them to research historical figures found on coins from around the world, create and present an improvisational skit that includes the historical figures in a tale, integrate an event that has an impact on the tale, present the skit in two parts changing between comedy and tragedy and present the skit in two styles, changing from verbal to nonverbal.

The annual Global Finals competition is the world’s largest celebration of student creativity with more than 17,000 people in attendance each year. Global Finals 2019 will mark the 20th year of the international event for creative problem solver