By Ann Chiarini
contributing writer 

Destination Imagination


May 14, 2022

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Plot Twist (REDACTED) as shown on picture after winning first place in the state for the engineering challenge from (left to right): Grace Keller, Abigail Barthelmes, team manager Kelly Keller, Cressida Chapman and Caitlyn Chitwood.

Tehachapi's two Destination Imagination teams are looking for your support to help them get to Global Finals in Kansas City, Missouri on May 21-24, where they will be competing with other teams from around the world!

Recently, both Destination Imagination teams won first place in California in the engineering challenge. Destination Imagination is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students' creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The teams have been working for six months under the direction of team manager, Kelly Keller.

Plot Twist: (REDACTED) high school team members are Grace Keller, Abigail Barthelmes, Cressida Chapman and Caitlyn Chitwood. They constructed a structure that weighs 33.4 grams and holds 547 pounds of weight. The team also built a pneumatic pump to drive the spaceship's gears, and created a transforming costume.

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#trademarked as shown in picture after winning first place in the state for the engineering challenge from (left to right): Luke Chiarini, Owen Keller, Phillip Mangelsdorf and Dominic Vivo Amore. Photos provided.

#trademarked middle school team members are Owen Keller, Phillip Mangelsdorf, Dominic Vivo Amore and Luke Chiarini. They created a balsa wood structure that weighs 39.7 grams and holds 663 pounds. The team also built a life-size record player out of plywood and lawn mower wheels which is powered by an ice cream maker motor.

If you would like to donate online, please go to Please be sure to designate the team name: Plot Twist (REDACTED) for the girls or #trademarked for the boys. Donations must be designated for the team name in order for the money to be received by our local teams. Otherwise, the larger organization will keep the funds. You may also write a check to California Destination Imagination and write the team name on the memo line. Mail it to: CA Destination Imagination, 14843 Priscilla Street, San Diego, CA 92129. No amount is too small and donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your help! You may also view the teams at


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