April 20


This post is going to be a very long one so you might want to take a bathroom break or something before you start reading it. Just a warning.

For those of you who don’t know, DI stands for Destination ImagiNation, which, in my best explanation, is basically a creative thinking competition.

I have never done DI before, but this year my friend Nora invited me to be on a team with her and my other friends Sophie, Natalie, Ingrid and Leah. My other friend Martina would have done it with us, but she is a very amazing dancer and didn’t have time ☹️.

Whithin our first few meetings, we had decided on a team name: the Rainbow SNNAILs. If that confuses you, SNNAIL is all of our initials. Why did we choose to put rainbow in front of that? I don’t know. We just did. Don’t ask me why.

DI has several different challenges, but the challenge we picked for our team was the scientific challenge (aka “Top Secret”), and we had to make a skit and also come up with two codes and make a gadget that is is disguised as something else but performs a “secret task”. Our skit is about animals in a zoo that go missing, and one character has to dress up as an animal to find out where the animals are being taken. That’s the short version. I would explain everything else a little bit more, but that would take way too long and this post is already going to be long enough.

We worked so hard and for so long, and the day finally came when we had to present our skit to a panel of judges. In order for us to go to the next level of competition, which is called state, we had to achieve first place in regions, which was the level we were in at that time.

After we did our performance, we had to do a thing called an Instant Challenge. This is how our Instant Challenge went: we had no idea what we had to do, but we’d been practicing old Instant Challenges for weeks. We had to sign a piece of paper saying we wouldn’t tell anyone what out challenge was, so I can’t reveal that information just yet, but it was a building challge (as opposed to an acting challenge). It went okay–or so we thought–but we would just have to wait until that night at the award ceremony.

We finally went to the award ceremony and……… drumroll please………
WE GOT FIRST PLACE!!!!! It was an amazing feeling, and now we got to go to the state competition in Lubbock!

Weeks later, after more practicing and perfecting our performance, Leah, Ingrid, Natalie and I piled into a car and drove the six hours to Lubbock. It was a long ride, but it was still fun. We stopped at a really good place for lunch, and we wore pajamas for the whole trip.

We stayed in a hotel in Lubbock that was pretty cool, but their pool was closed, so that was sad.

When we competed in Lubbock, there was a different Instant Challenge than from regions–but I still can’t tell you what it is–and it went pretty well, we ended up getting the second highest Instant Challenge score out of 25 teams. Then we had to perform our skit for what might be the final time.

We were so nervous, but we were also super prepared. This was our moment, and we couldn’t blow it. And we didn’t. The judges laughed at all of our jokes, everybody remembered all of their lines, and we had to code and decode a message during the performance and we got it right!

After that was all over, we went out for lunch and then dessert. Then we hung around the hotel for a while and received our scores.
They were AWFUL. At regions our skit had recieved 204 points, and we thought that wasn’t very good. This time we only scored about 150 points. We were doomed. We all thought so. There was next to no way we would be among the five teams that went to globals in Tennessee.

We went out to dinner after a while, and then went to the award ceremony. It was SO LONG. We sat in the bleachers, waiting for three hours to see if we were announced. And we were. The Rainbow SNNAILs had taken 5th place, and were advancing to globals!

WHAT???!!! This was amazing! We screamed, jumped out of our seats, and ran across the stadium to receive our medals and trophy. It was the best night ever.

So now we get to go to Tennessee for globals, and I’m sure it is going to be tons of fun. DI has been an amazing experience, and I am hoping to continue it in years to come.