2019 NEXT REGION TOURNAMENT Program
No printed program will be available on Tournament Day.
Please print or otherwise save necessary information.
Sponsors & Supporters
Anyone can watch any Team Challenge performance - grandparents, teachers, friends, other teams, etc.!
Only one Team Manager (or Assistant Team Manager) can accompany the team to the Instant Challenge.
Cell service may be spotty. We recommend having necessary information printed or saved offline.
Use this handy form to collect all of the information you need.
A message from the participants regarding the Rules of Interference
We Can Do It!
NO ONE MAY HELP US PREPARE FOR OUR PRESENTATION.
You may not fix our hair, put on our makeup, repair our props, direct our production, or do anything that might be considered Interference.
Interference may cause us point deductions!
Let us show you what we can do.
Parking can be challenging and can take up to 30 minutes during busy times.
There are 4 parking locations assigned for the tournament. Click the map (below) for the locations, which are circled in orange.
To find a performance, you will need to know:
Challenge Name (i.e., On Target, Monster Effects, Pop Up, etc.) - This is CRITICAL!
Room designation (i.e., Rising Stars - D, Scientific Elementary - I, etc.) See the schedule.
Team Manager Last Name
Follow color-coded signs to the appropriate Challenge area.
Here’s a handy informational page to fill out before tournament day.
No one will be allowed to enter the room once the performance begins. Guests should allow extra time for parking and locating the correct room. With about 210 teams, it's a very crowded event.
Naturally, the Xtreme Challenge can only be found in Texas! Check the Tournament Schedule for this year’s Xtreme performance times. Like other Challenges, anyone is welcome to watch these performances. In fact, you won’t want to miss it!
Consider it an Instant Challenge and Central Challenge rolled into one - and on steroids. Xtreme is open to Middle and Secondary Level teams who may not know the details of their challenge until days or even hours before the actual competition. In the span of a few hours, they must research the challenge topic, solve puzzles, write a skit, and create costumes and props to deliver their solution with pizazz. Now that's a challenge!
Maps of the School
Awards, Advancement, and Special Events
Award Ceremonies will be held in the Competition Gym
Rising Stars teams will attend the Award Celebration that is after both their Team Challenge and Instant Challenge: 11:00am or 3:30pm. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the celebration.
Competitive Award Ceremony is at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Teams and their Team Managers will be seated on the gym floor. Guests will be seated in the bleachers.
Competitive teams are eligible for special awards:
High IC Award: In rooms with two or more teams competiting against one another, this award is given to the team with the highest Instant Challenge score.
Spirit of Discovery and Imagination Award (Spirit of DI Award): This award is given in recognition of those who act as superior role models in the areas of spirit, teamwork, sportsmanship, or volunteerism.
Renaissance Award: This award is given for outstanding skill in the areas of design, engineering, execution, or performance.
DaVinci Award: This award is given for having a unique approach to a solution, for risk taking, and/or for outstanding creativity (not skill or talent).
Advancing to the Affiliate Tournament
The top teams from the competitive challenges will advance to the Affiliate Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas March 22-23.
The top teams will receive a note with details about a virtual Going to State meeting on Sunday, February 17th.
Texas DI will continue the Bonus Team program to allow more teams to participate in the Affiliate Tournament. Bonus teams will be selected from regional teams across the state who came close to qualifying but did not quite make it. Invitations will be issued in early March, and must by accepted promptly.
Join us at the evening Award Ceremony as we honor our High School graduates and announce the winners of the NExT Region Scholarship.
This year’s commemorative pins and shirts will be available at the Dime Store for purchase, along with other fun items.
Be sure to check out the Raffles. And take a chance at a Grab Bag.
Many thanks to our own Junior Board for sponsoring the DIme Store.
It takes a team.
The Tournament is not possible without the generous support of more than 300 volunteers! Special thanks to the Independence High School Key Club members.
NExT Region Board
Regional Directors: John Stromp, Alan Vetal
Treasurer: Jared Guidry
Secretary: Amanda Stromp
Regional Training Director: Shannon Kennedy
Tournament Director: Bala Palaniswamy
Webmaster: Rachel Sullivan
Printer: Radhika Tatineni
Junior Board Mentor: Shannon Kennedy
Hospitality: Becky Buehner
Registration/Appraiser Coordinator: Shannon Kennedy
Regional Challenge Masters and Board Members
Technical: Anju Bisht
Scientific: Ryan Bryson, JoDI Johnson
Fine Arts: Jordan Johnson, Allison Malik
Improv: Dany Fleming, Sherri Riskind
Engineering: Radhika Tatineni
Service Learning: Jared Guidry, Jennifer Guidry
Rising Stars: Charlotte Taylor, Bridget Joyce, Stephanie Timiney
Instant Challenge: Diane Funkhouser, John Stromp, Anand Sahu
Score Room: Alan Vetal, Dave Tysver
Other Board Members: Mahesh Bhagavatula - Jen Dutra - Reba Jalil - Jamie Kuminski - Sunita Patel - Rachel Sosinski - Anne Marie Vetal
A big thanks goes out to the NExT Region Junior Board members. These high school students are former or current DI participants who give back to our organization by volunteering in numerous ways. They develop our shirt and pins designs, working with local vendors. The Junior Board also runs the DIme Store - start to finish. And our Junior Board members volunteer at DI events throughout the year. What an exceptional group! Find more info here.
NExT Year's Challenges
It's never too early to start thinking creatively for the next season of Destination Imagination (DI).
Are you ready for a sneak peek at what's around the corner? We will have seven new and exciting Team Challenges designed to help students tap into their creativity, learn how to work in teams, problem solve and have fun! Check next year’s Challenge Previews here.
Lost and found is located at the Main Check-In table.
A school nurse is available in the school's front office.
party poppers, confetti
aerosol propelled paint
air rifles, BB guns,
sparklers, flame, fire, smoke, smoke/fog machines
lasers, laser pointers
There will be NO DIMMING OR TURNING OFF OF LIGHTS.
Special thanks to
FISD's Dana Reid, Elizabeth Evans, Michelle Arellano, and the many Campus Coordinators
Brian McPheeters, Mark Crawford, and John Paul II High School
Leadership Prep School's Audra Floyd and Susie Blankenship