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Rocklin students think outside the box, inside the winner’s circle

Two Antelope Creek teams stack up well against regional competitors
By: Andrew Westrope, Staff Writer
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From left, second-graders Alyssa Jeffrey, Jackson Snyder, Tuscany Fracchia and Quinn Dawson of Antelope Creek Elementary School in Rocklin proved their creative mettle against competitors throughout Northern California in a regional “Destination ImagiNation” tournament March 2. Their team placed fourth in a series of challenges at Olympus Junior High School in Roseville to test their teamwork and problem-solving skills, including one that required them to write and perform a skit about an invisible visitor who arrives like the wind and changes the story.

Rachel Fracchia, a parent supervisor, said the program is an excellent way for students to practice resourcefulness and build initiative.

“The kids have to do everything themselves. All I can tell them is, ‘I don’t think that’s safe,’ or ‘That seems really confusing to me,” she said. “All the building of their props, the choices they make, the costumes, they do it all themselves. It’s really child-driven.”