March 2019 Board Meeting

Board Meeting will follow Appraiser Training

Noon – March 2, 2019

First United Methodist Church

608 N Crandon Ave, Niles, OH 44446, USA

Global Finals Teams

At this time we have 3 SL level teams who have qualified for GF18 in May. However, you 4th and 5th place finshers remember what you were told about holding on to you 2018 props and keep practicing IC because depending on a variety of factors you may still get an invite to GF18. Don’t believe it? Ask TM Nick at YEC whose team got invited to GF17 last year as a 4th place team AFTER they had all graduated!

The teams as of now are:

Steam Team Campbell Memorial high school 135-22719 SL B Scientific: Unlikely Attraction King
                      Howland High School                 135-53943 SL D Improvisational: Treasure! Rhine
                            Youngstown East High School                135-09724 SL pO Service Learning: Inside Impact Constantino

The full list of scores is on the website.

Watch this site and the Regional Facebook page for news about fund raising efforts for these teams.

Region 1 teams at OHDI

Below is the scheduled list of our teams Challenge performance times in order during the day. Go and support your fellow Region 1 teams.
Note- these are the scheduled performance times and do not include check in times (D & E) or IC times. This is current as of 3/16/2018 8:08 PM and can change at any time right up until the last team performs. See you in Mt. Vernon!


Main team name School Name Team ID level ch Main Challenge
TM Last Name
8:50 Imaginators Howland local schools 135-50288 EL B Scientific: Unlikely Attraction Sanata
10:00   Joseph Badger Local Schools 135-29688 ML E Engineering: Drop Zone MULLIGAN
10:10   Youngstown Early College 135-33342 SL D Improvisational: Treasure! Gilanyi
10:15 Imagination Creation Howland Local Schools 135-97262 EL A Technical: Maze Craze Dotson
10:30   Valley Christian Schools Lewis Center 135-59437 EL E Engineering: Drop Zone Wade
11:30   Sebring Local Schools 135-94282 SL C Fine Arts: Change of Tune Whaley
13:20   East High School 135-09724 SL pO Service Learning: Inside Impact Constantino
13:30 The 7 Bobs Howland Local Schools 135-90807 SL C Fine Arts: Change of Tune Anastasiades
13:30 Di- Wise Lincoln Pk-8 135-99145 ML D Improvisational: Treasure! Venetti
13:35   Lincoln Pk-8 135-71773 EL D Improvisational: Treasure! Gaszo
13:40 Drama Club Valley Christian Schools Lewis Center 135-54688 EL C Fine Arts: Change of Tune Windon
14:50   Howland High School 135-53943 SL D Improvisational: Treasure! Rhine
15:15   Joseph Badger Local Schools 135-49918 SL B Scientific: Unlikely Attraction MULLIGAN
15:35 Steam Team Campbell Memorial high school 135-22719 SL B Scientific: Unlikely Attraction King

03/17/2018 10:06:31

Special Awards 2018


DaVinci Award

For Outstanding Creativity

The paths we follow on our journeys were once uncharted and unknown – until someone took a bold step in a new direction and paved a way for us to follow. To solve our Challenges, imagination, creativity, originality, and courage are required. We honor those individuals and teams who most clearly demonstrate that spirit of adventurous risk in their solutions – those who most creatively traveled to reach truly new and unique destinations. The DaVinci Award is named to honor one of humanity’s greatest creative thinkers, Leonardo Da Vinci. Awards will include an inscription of Leonardo’s personal motto “Sapere Vedere” (To Know How to See ) – fusing classical thought and philosophy with art and science to propose new and creative outl ooks of the world. *Please note: solutions need not be successful to demonstrate the attributes of creativity and risk taking.


Spirit of Discovery and Imagination Award

(Spirit of DI Award)

For Outstanding Spirit, Teamwork, Volunteerism, Sportsmanship

Destination Imagination from its very beginning has been a community. The recipients of this award are the ones who go out of their way to help others, making sacrifices not for themselves, but to give something to someone else. We recognize and applaud those members of our community who demonstrate outstanding and extraordinary levels of sportsmanship, volunteerism and spirit, be they Team Managers, Team members, Officials, or other helpful DI friends and volunteers.


Renaissance Award

For Outstanding Design, Engineering, Execution, Performance

On our journey we sometimes encounter exceptional travelers who entertain and enlighten us along the way. The Renaissance Award recognizes those among us who demonstrate extraordinary amounts of effort and preparation in their solutions or outstanding skill in engineering, design or performance. While the destination is creativity, these fellow travelers make the journey itself memorable.

DaVinci Award Winners:
Valley Christian Lewis Center “Imagidreamers”, Engineering (E) “Drop Zone”, EL  -Team Award
At the castle, the fantastically choreographed battle between Gerbany & Hampsterdam incorporated all the required elements of their challenge. This team’s creativity of props added to the viewing pleasure of the Audience. 
The incorporation of their structure into the core of the storyline allowed for the flawless transition from the battle to the team working against a new enemy (the cat!!!)
The smooth story transition, the use of props, the participation of all team members and incorporation of the structure into the story makes this Elementary team the total creative package.
HomeshoolBrunch Bunch, Rising Stars! (RS) “Friends Everywhere”, RS! -Team Award
This challenge required the team to include a prop that would transform and be used in two ways. When we saw a car transform into a party table, we were blown away by the details the team included in the decorations on the party table were intricate and beautiful and so creative!
The overall performance was full of creativity while really highlighting the two different cultures.
This team simply oozed creativity – both during their performance and while speaking to the Appraisers about their journey!

Renaissance Award Winners:
Howland Local “Imaginators”, Scientific (B) “Unlikely Attraction” EL – Team Award
This team displayed outstanding scientific prowess with their scissor-lift incorporated into their presentation. Utilizing the properties of pneumatics/hydraulics, along with kinematics and other advanced engineering concepts, this team ended off their magic show.
With creativity and style, We believe that this team deserves this award because the scientific and artistic approach showed exceptional skill, understanding, and dedication to detail. The concepts used in their overall performance allongside the creative and artistic elements in the set design set this team appart!!
Howland High School ” 7 – Bobs”, Fine Arts (C) “Change of Tune” SL -Team Award
This team demonstrated an above and beyond level of creativity, design, and so much more! The music in the skit drew the audience into a time of pharohs and pyramids. The storyline itself was full of interesting and historical facts. The teams enthusiasm was contagious and they were certainly a joy to watch!!
Valley Christian Lewis Center “The Drama Club”, Fine Arts (C) “Change of Tune”, EL  -Team Award
The Drama Club made great use of their individual talents in the areas of dance, songwriting, musical abilities, and artwork. Their creativity flowed seamlessly throughout their performance, and was awe-inspiring.
Valley Christian Lewis Center “Imagidreamers”, Engineering (E) “Drop Zone”, EL  -Team Award
This team’s structure was well designed and structurely sound. The structure itself was a series of repeated “A” frames with a crossing truss across the middle of each of the four sides. It was designed at a high level and extermely impressive. In terms of performance, the structure withstood the highest weight allowed without any sign of failure or deformation.

Spirit of Discovery and Imagination Award Winners:
Tournament Appraisal Staff, Wendy Spoerr
Our nomination is to a dedicated Appraiser who has been with Region 1 (and prior Region 15) for over 30 years of service! We want to celebrate this moment with Wendy to say “Thank You for your Service.”
Valley Christian Lewis Center “The Drama Club”, Instant Challenge, C / EL  -Team Award
This first year team, with a first year manager, from a first year school, truly embrased the “Spirit of DI” through awesome sportsmanship. Even though their Instant Challenge was twice the challenge, they kept a positive, smiling, cheerful attitude throughout the whole process. 
Howland Local “Imaginators”, Instant Challenge B / EL – Team Award
This team showed exceptional team work & creativity. They used their time wisely, respected one another’s opinion, and divided up their tasks per their strengths. It was a joy to experience them in action.
Campbel City Schools “The Steam Team”, Scientific (B) “Unlikely Attraction” SL  – Team Award
We believe that this team deserves to be awarded the “Spirit of DI” because of their exceptional teamwork and sportsmanship. Through their performance it was clear that the artwork was a calaborative project which displayed each of the individuals’ talents. Even though their team was missing a member they made sure to give due credit. The team was obviously happy with each other’s work and were quick to praise one another for it.
Even with the last-minute need to change, they remained composed and coherent through their presentation. Their energy was addicting and their creativity was evident.
Warren Lincoln K-8 “Awesome Imagination”, Fine Arts (C) “Change of Tune” EL  – Team Award
This team impressed us with their sportsmanship. The team supported and up-lifted one another throughout the performance and the interview process with the Appraisers. They complemented each other on their performance in such a genuine way that it made a significant impression on this appraisal team.


Congrats State-bound teams

The following teams have qualified for the Ohio Tournament at Mt. Vernon on 24 Mar 2018. Best of luck to all of you.

135-97262 Howland Local Schools Elementary Technical: Maze Craze
Lisa Dotson Howland LSD
135-50288 Howland local schools Elementary Scientific: Unlikely Attraction
Mary Sanata Howland LSD
135-22719 Campbell Memorial high school Secondary level Scientific: Unlikely Attraction
Dana King Campbell
135-49918 Joseph Badger Local Schools Secondary level Scientific: Unlikely Attraction
KELLY MULLIGAN Joseph Badger Local Schools
135-54688 Valley Christian Schools Lewis Center Elementary Fine Arts: Change of Tune
Brianna Windon Valley Christian School Lewis Center
135-90807 Howland Local Schools Secondary level Fine Arts: Change of Tune
Koula Anastasiades Howland LSD
135-94282 Sebring Local Schools Secondary level Fine Arts: Change of Tune
Jason Whaley Sebring Local Schools
135-71773 Lincoln Pk-8 Elementary Improvisational: Treasure!
Brandi Gaszo Warren City Schools 6-8
135-99145 Lincoln Pk-8 Middle level Improvisational: Treasure!
Cara Venetti Warren City Schools 6-8
135-33342 Youngstown Early College Secondary level Improvisational: Treasure!
Nicholas Gilanyi Youngstown Early College
135-53943 Howland High School Secondary level Improvisational: Treasure!
Lorie Rhine Howland Local Schools
135-59437 Valley Christian Schools Lewis Center Elementary Engineering: Drop Zone
Michelle Wade Valley Christian School Lewis Center
135-29688 Joseph Badger Local Schools Middle level Engineering: Drop Zone
KELLY MULLIGAN Joseph Badger Local Schools
135-09724 East High School Secondary level Service Learning: Inside Impact
Jeanne Constantino East High School

Complete results and Special Awards will Follow. Reminder: TMs need to have all your paperwork completed by 8AM Monday 03/12/2018. This includes Appraiser and Volunteer forms. Go to for state forms.

Scores are available now use AllScoreSheets2018-1  <== this link.

Remember 1G indicates the team is advancing to Mt. Vernon on 03/24/2018, however, 2nd place teams in the SL level also advance.

2018 Ohio Affiliate Pin Contest

Announcing the 3rd Annual Ohio DI pin design competition.

We are looking for new ideas/themes/designs for this year’s Ohio DI Affiliate pins.
Last year we had some fantastic pins and we hope to raise the bar this year!!!

This competition is open to everybody and not restricted to the residents of Ohio.
Individuals, families, and teams or team members are welcome to submit their designs.
Again…you need not be from Ohio to enter.

The artwork does not have to be professionally done….we are primarily looking for themes or concepts.
Rough sketches are fine. Our pin company artist will handle the final artwork and we reserve the right to make changes or alterations to your ideas/designs if necessary.

Set designs are preferred but individual pin ideas are also welcome. Deadline for submission will be midnight November 15th.
No ideas will be accepted after that date. The decision on the winning design(s) will be made by the Ohio Board and will be final.

Winner(s) will receive a total cash award of $100, a commemorative plaque, and 3 sets of pins for each person on the winning design team.

Please keep in mind the DI Copyright and Trademark rules when creating your ideas.

Your designs should be e mailed directly to me ( and not posted on Facebook.
PM me if you need my e mail address if you don’t know it.

Have fun and hopefully we can come up with some fantastic Ohio DI pins for 2018!!!

Global Finals, Region 1 Results

Here’s how our 4 teams finished out of a total of 1472 teams. The way it works at GF is Places 10-4 appear on the Jumbotron, then 3, 2, Specials, and 1st are called for their awards. Having 2/4 teams make it on the board is better than most regions and even some Affiliates.
Just as a reminder, at GF each level of each challenge has different Appraisers and a different IC, so you really can’t do a comparison except in the most general way.


#GF17 Region 1 team results


February 2017 Board Meeting

The Board will meet on
Thursday, 09 February 2017
7:00 pm meeting (6:30 pm to order dinner if you want it)


The Financial statement will be emailed or presented at the meeting.

Denny’s Restaurant

Meeting room in Back
4020 Belmont Avenue
Liberty Township

New to RotR (2016 Tournament year)

New to the Rules of the Road (TY 2016)

University Level teams may be contain College-bound high school seniors who are taking accredited courses offered by a college or university that will qualify for course credit when entering higher education.

Use of Batteries: Commercially available batteries are allowed if they are unmodified.

Member of multiple teams: If a team member is on two or more teams, the Tournament Director must be notified so that the Instant Challenge presented for those Challenges at the tournament will be different.


Sometimes it seems like a rule or requirement in a Team Challenge, a Clarification, or the Rules of the Road conflicts with something in one of those other documents. Which document would take precedence? In general:

Rules of the Road states general rules applicable to all Challenges.

BUT: A Team Challenge may have a special requirement that supersedes Rules of the Road. (For example, even though Rules of the Road states that batteries are allowed, a specific Challenge may prohibit any use of electricity, making bat­teries of all kinds illegal for that Challenge. In that case, the Team Challenge takes precedence.)

HOWEVER: A Published Clarification supersedes Rules of the Road and the Team Challenge, as well as a Team Clarifi­cation. This is why it is important to check the Clarification Web page frequently throughout the time leading up to your tournament.

So, in order from most specific to most general:

  1. Published Challenge Clarification
  2. Team Clarifi­cation
  3. Team Challenge documents/description
  4. the Rules of the Road (RotR)

Some definitions would probably be helpful:
Published  Clarification– A Challenge or RotR Clarification that the ICM’s feel apply to all teams in the Challenge. Many times these are omissions or typos.
Team Clarifi­cation- A Challenge clarification that applies (in the judgement of the ICMs) to only the team that requested it. Many times these may be related to a specific solution a team has devised and to publish it would in effect be interference with other solutions. Be aware that your CM’s and Head Appraisers are aware of these.
Team Challenge documents/description- This is the printed Challenge write-up supplied when you purchase your membership and each concerns a specific Challenge.
the Rules of the Road (RotR)– This is the “Bible” of the DI program. All materials in RotR apply to all teams (except as modified for specific Challenges). Occasionally there are clarifications for RotR, and these are usually typos, but not always. Sometimes they are changes to procedures that were not included at the time RotR was printed.