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April 19, 2013

Pentucket girls to face Community Service Challenge at DI Global Finals

GROVELAND — Seven Pentucket eighth-graders — all from Groveland — have earned the right to travel to Knoxville, Tenn., next month to participate in the Global Finals of Destination Imagination, the largest creative thinking and problem-solving competition in the world.

Members of DI team Razz MA Dazz (Ryan’s Reindeer) — Lindsay Fabri, Regan Kelly, Sara Kershaw, Ashley Riter, Kiley Senfleben, Taylor Walsh and Sophie Webster — won the honor after coming out on top for creativity, teamwork and problem-solving in regional and state DI tournaments.

On May 22- 25 the girls will compete with other teams in the Community Service Challenge: Real to Real, one of DI’s seven open-ended challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in addition to improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork and community service. The team’s task was to identify a community need, then come up with a way to address the need and create a documentary based on their process.

The girls decided to raise money and purchase gifts for children at Mass General Hospital’s pediatric oncology department, a project near and dear to them because their friend and classmate, Ryan Reardon, passed away from neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer, last year. They even named their team in honor of Ryan and his family.

“This project was so much more than winning a tournament. We felt strongly about what we were doing and only ever wanted to honor Ryan and help kids like him, going through similar struggles,” said eighth-grader Sara Kershaw.

This month the team is holding multiple fundraising events to help defray costs for the trip to Global Finals. On April 26, acoustic musician Brian Kelly performs a benefit at Coach’s Rock Pond Pub in Georgetown. Tickets to the event which runs from 8 to 10:30 p.m, can be purchased for $5 at the door.

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