Winning team proves nothing’s ‘impastable’ |

Winning team proves nothing’s ‘impastable’

— Few can imagine 475 pounds could be supported by a structure made of pasta. But one team competing in the Destination Imagination competition proved the naysayers wrong.

Team “It’s Not Impastable,” a group of Hayden Valley Elementary students, tied for second place at the elementary level at of last weekend’s regional tournament with their structure and skit about pasta.

For their hard work, the seven students will be traveling to Denver at the end of April to compete at the state level of the creative and critical thinking competition.

“All of the teams did a great job,” Impastable coach Pat Rosendale said. “What I’m most proud of with our team is how they pulled together and really got excited about the competition. They were worried at first if they could actually do the project. But they changed their way of thinking to ‘yes, we can do this.’ They realized that, working together, they were stronger than working apart.”

Members of the impastable team were Janna Hoza, Lissa Hoza, Chelsea Caster, Becky Rosendale, Jade Stees, Mitchell VeDepo and Houston Mader. Michelle Hoza was the second coach on the team.

Hayden sent four teams to the regional tournament, three at the elementary level and one at the middle school level. Each team is made up of seven students and two coaches.

“All of the teams had beautiful performances,” Destination Imagination Coordinator Susan Koehler said. “The kids were proud and satisfied at the end of the competition. They really handled the situations well and I think they all had a good reason to be proud of themselves.”

The “Elementary Eggsploration” team was given a special award at the end of the competition. The team had a complicated problem of moving five eggs through an obstacle course without breaking them — and they were successful. In addition to avoiding the looming cracked eggs, the team put on a fun skit about a breakfast cafe.

They were given a “Spirit of Discovery and Imagination,” award.

“This is a coveted award that recognizes the students for outstanding and extraordinary levels of spirit,” Koehler said. “They were named as superior role models in spirit, sportsmanship and volunteerism.”

Members of the Eggsploration team were Lydia Murray, Noah Murray, Elaine Cromie, Carley Atwood, Melissa Geis, Kirsten Miller and Dustin Jones. Coaches for the team were Emy Cromie and Julie Smith.

Although the elementary “Fruit Roller Coaster,” team had some technical difficulty with their performance, the group managed near-perfect scores for artistry and song.

Members of the roller coaster team were Katy Koehler, Darcy Hornstein, Braylin Wertenberger, Brad Parrott, Margot Binetti, Heather Wertenberger and Jordan Mader. Coaches for the team were Judy Parrott and Rudy Wertenberger.

The middle school team competed in the “Eggsploration” competition as well and dazzled the judges with their technical skill and fun costumes. Scoring high points for a risky obstacle course, the team did well despite breaking three of five eggs.

Members of the middle school Eggsploration team were Danielle Laird, Jessica Asplund, Seth Copeland, Blake Copeland, Dana Schlingman, Samantha Jensen and Eric Cromie. Coaches for the middle school team were Judy Copeland and Katie Schlingman.

“It’s Not Impastable,” team members will compete in Denver on April 29. First-place finishers at the state level will advance to the Destination Imagination World Competition, held in Iowa in May.

— To reach Bryna Larsen, call 871-4205 or e-mail

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