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School Partners

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February 16th

John Paul II High School

900 Coit Rd, Plano, TX 75075

Sponsors & Supporters

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Quick Facts

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!


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. 


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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

  • School

  • 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.

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Xtreme Challenge

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

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First Floor

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Second Floor




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Password: Reimagine2019!

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.

Special Awards

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.


Project Graduation

Join us at the evening Award Ceremony as we honor our High School graduates and announce the winners of the NExT Region Scholarship.

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DIme Store

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

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Junior Board

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.

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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.


Restricted Items

Not allowed:

  • dry ice

  • helium

  • latex

  • live animals

  • gratuitous violence

  • party poppers, confetti

  • aerosol propelled paint

  • air rifles, BB guns,

    paint guns

  • sparklers, flame, fire, smoke, smoke/fog machines

  • lasers, laser pointers


Special thanks to

FISD's Dana Reid, Elizabeth Evans, Michelle Arellano, and the many Campus Coordinators

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Brian McPheeters, Mark Crawford, and John Paul II High School

Leadership Prep School's Audra Floyd and Susie Blankenship

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Thanks to all of the Team Managers, teachers, school sponsors, campus coordinators, volunteers, and parents who helped make this DI season possible for more than 1,000 students.

Without your countless hours of support, we wouldn't be here today!

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