Montgomery ISD Destination Imagination Teams Impress at Regional and State Competition

As with many events this school year, the Destination Imagination (DI) tournaments were set on a virtual stage this year. Montgomery ISD sent five teams to the regional level of competition. Of those five, four teams advanced to the state competition. In the end, Absolute 7 from Oak Hills Junior High and D.I. oh_My! from Lincoln Elementary earned a spot at globals. A first for MISD.

Destination Imagination is a global educational nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators, leaders and creative problem solvers. Students form teams of up to seven members. Upon forming their team, a challenge is selected and the team works together to develop a solution. Each team has at least one team manager (often a parent or teacher) tasked with keeping the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with their challenge solution.

“We are proud of the hard work, imagination, and creativity demonstrated by the Destination Imagination teams in MISD,” Director of Special Programs Amy Busby said. “Even though they were presented with unique challenges and new formats due to COVID restrictions, they persevered and had a successful competition season.”

Regional Results:
Flying Potatoes (Lincoln ES) – 2nd place (advanced to State)
The Pixel Racers (Montgomery JH) – 6th place
Absolute 7 (Oak Hills JH) – 2nd place (advanced to State)
D.I.oh_My! (Lincoln ES) – 2nd place and Instant Challenge Award (advanced to State)
Destination Interrogation (Montgomery ES) – 1st place (advanced to State)

State Results:
Flying Potatoes (Lincoln ES) – 11th place
Absolute 7 (Oak Hills JH) – 4th place (advancing to Globals)
D.I. oh_My! (Lincoln ES) – 2nd place (advancing to Globals)
Destination Interrogation (Montgomery ES) – 6th place and Instant Challenge Award

Montgomery HS Choir Performs during National Conference

The Montgomery High School Chorale Women’s Choir was recently selected to perform at the National American Choral Directors Association’s 2021 Conference. They were one of only two women’s high school choirs in the country selected to perform for ACDA.

“Being invited to perform at a convention is the highest honor that a choir can receive,” MHS Choir Director Heather Orr said. “It is really awesome for these girls and the program.”

This year’s conference was virtual. A video of their performance was recorded for the event, which can be viewed below.

Montgomery High School Choir Singers Earn Prestigious All-State Honors

Several members of the Montgomery High School Choir have earned spots on the Texas All-State Choir by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). The distinction is a culmination of an audition process that began last fall, including District, Region and Area levels of competition. All-State is the highest honor a music student can receive in the state of Texas.

The performers named to the TMEA All-State Choir are Nick Craddock, Quinn McClendon, Anna McKaughan and Landon Pate. For Landon and Quinn, this is the second time to receive the distinction.

McClendon, a senior, auditioned every year of his high school career. Each time it became more important for him to make the All-State Choir. “I have worked so hard, practiced the details, and really put myself out there,” McClendon said. “I know it’s said several times, but hard work really does pay off.”

Competition aside, this school year proved even more challenging in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m so proud of these outstanding students being named to the Texas All-State Choir,” MHS Choir Director Heather Orr said. “Despite the many challenges we’ve faced throughout this school year, they remained committed to their personal musical development and demonstrated the very perseverance and dedication that ongoing participation in a choir program fosters.”

Over 50,000 choir students from across Texas began the journey to All-State last fall. As part of regional competition, they perform musical selections for a panel of judges who rank each student based on beauty of sound, musicality and over all nuance. Those selected to advance move on to the TMEA Area level of competition in the hopes of qualifying for the TMEA All-State honor.

“Ms. Orr and her students continue to amaze me,” Montgomery ISD Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “To be recognized as one of the top performers in the state of Texas is an incredible accomplishment for these talented students. Our MHS Choir’s tradition of excellence is a point a pride for our school district community.”