New Hampshire
Destination ImagiNation®



For Immediate release

For more information contact: Wayne Kurtzman, NH-DI Media Relations


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Qualifying Teams and Press Coverage information follows this release.


NH’s Top Creative; Problem Solving Student Teams Compete for Global Recognition

Top Teams from Around New Hampshire Compete Saturday to Advance to Destination ImagiNation Global Finals

As the value of creativity and collaborative problem solving skills in workplace increase, these are the kids to watch. This weekend in Nashua, the top creative problem-solving student teams from around the state will try to qualify for Destination ImagiNation Global Finals to compete with teams from around the United States and the World.In the fall, over 2,000 students joined Destination ImagiNation teams in New Hampshire schools and community groups to solve mind-bending challenges. Each of the six “Challenge” options for teams blend core school subjects with a focus in the arts, math, science, literature, technical and structural design or community service. Each team competes with other teams in their Challenge and within their grade level.

“The real challenge to the teams”, according to Kara Swedlow, NH Destination ImagiNation affiliate director, “is to solve the Challenges as a team, without any interference from adults or friends. And then to blow away the appraisers [who judge their solutions].” Adult team managers help facilitate the teams, but cannot assist in the team’s solution. “The real benefit to team members is the life skills of learning how to leverage their creativity and that of the team for ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions.”

Destination ImagiNation® is a leading-edge non-profit organization dedicated to teaching participants the essential skills of creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. In all, over 100,000 students in 30 countries participate in the non-profit program each year.

NHICC, who runs New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation is marking 30 years of bringing creativity programs to Granite State schools and community organizations.

Details for credentialed press:

Date: Saturday, April 2.

Place: Nashua High School North

When: Opening Ceremony 8 AM
Competition 9AM – 4:48 PM (Best photo time 9-3:15)
Awards Ceremony – approx. 5:30 – 7 PM

Who: The top 113 student teams (667 students) from around New Hampshire.

Press Kit and DIrections:


The following teams have advanced to the Destination ImagiNation State Finals in Nashua on April 2.

Team Names Elementary Level Teams Middle Level Teams Secondary Level Teams Total Teams
Academy of Science and Design 1 1 2
Amherst Middle School 1 1
Appleton elementary 2 2
Atkinson Academy 1 1
Bedford High School 1 1
Belmont Middle School 2 2
Berlin Schools 1 1 2
Bicentennial Elementary School 2 2
Bow schools 4 4 8
Cardigan Mountain School 1 1
Charlotte Ave Elementary 1 1
Chester Academy 1 1
Chesterfield School 2 1 3
Clark/Wilkins Elementary School 1 1
Conant High School 3 3
Cooperative Middle School 2 2
Cutler School/Mt. Caesar School 1 1
Elm Street Middle School 1 1
Garrison Elementary School 3 3
Grantham Village School 1 1
Hampstead Academy 2 1 3
Hollis DI 2 1 3
Hollis Elementary Schools 1 1 2
Hopkinton DI 1 1
Inter-Lakes 1 3 4
Jaffrey-Rindge 1 1
James Mastricola Elementary School 2 2
James Mastricola Upper Elementary 1 1
Keene High School 1 1
Lebanon High School 1 1
Lincoln Akerman School 3 1 4
Lincoln Street School 1 1
Lin-Wood Public School 1 1
Lebanon Jr High School 1 1
Londonderry School District 3 2 3 8
Lurgio Middle School 1 1
Maple Avenue Elementary Goffsto 2 2
Mascoma Rebels 1 1
Mascoma Valley Regional HS 1 1
Memorial School 1 1
Merrimack Middle School 1 1
Milford DI 1 5 1 7
Monadnock Regional SD 1 1
Nashua Catholic Regional Junior 1 1
Nashua High School South 1 1
Nashua School hen 1 1
Newfound Memorial Middle School 1 1
North Hampton School 1 1
Oyster River Middle School 1 1
Pelham Elementary School 1 1
Pelham Memorial School 1 1
Peter Woodbury School 1 1
Pinkerton Academy 2 2
Profile School 1 1
Random Adolescents 1 1
Riddle Brook School 1 1
Sandown Central School 1 1
Strafford School 2 2
Thornton Central School 1 1
Timberlane Regional High School 1 1
Windham Center School 1 1
Windham Middle School 2 2
Wilton Lyndeborough Cooperative 1 2 3





About New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation

Destination ImagiNation® is a leading-edge non-profit organization dedicated to teaching participants the essential skills of creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. Every year, we reach 100,000 students (from pre-K through college) across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries.

There are over 1.3 million Destination ImagiNation alumni around the world including over 100,000 New Hampshire alumni.


NH-DI is administered by the 501(c)3 non-profit NHICC™: New Hampshire’s Incredible Creativity Connection. NHICC, celebrating 30th year of creative problem solving programs for New Hampshire students, will run Destination ImagiNation for over 2,000 students from well over 150 Granite State schools and community organizations. NHICC also operates Camp Gottalikachallenge, our 17 year old summer creativity camps.

Learn more about NHICC and New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation at, or the international Destination ImagiNation at

Goals of Destination ImagiNation:

• Foster creative and critical thinking.

• Learn and apply creative problem solving methods and tools.

• Develop teamwork, collaboration, and leadership skills.

• Nurture research and inquiry skills, involving both creative exploration and attention to detail.

• Enhance and apply written and verbal communication and presentation skills (both impromptu and sustained).

• Promote the recognition, use, and development of many and varied strengths and talents.

• Encourage competence in, enthusiasm for, and commitment to real-life problem solving.