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Press Release #1

Chicon 7 Teams with Destination ImagiNation Teams for Caruso Middle School, Westmore Elementary School

Press Release #1 / May 25, 2011

by Chris M. Barkley, Media Relations/Chicon 7

Chicago, Illinois, USA -  Chicon 7, the 70th annual World Science Fiction Convention, has announced its sponsorship for several local area schools attending the Destination ImagiNation Global Championships that will be held on May 25-28 in in Knoxville, Tenneessee. The local schools being supported are Caruso Middle School in Deerfield, Westmore Elementary School and Ardmore Elementary School, both in Villa Park.

Chicon 7 will be donating a total of $800 to help with the participants' and coaches' travel expenses to Tennessee. Chicon 7 will also donate a backpack for each participant. Caruso has sent numerous teams to Globals over the years and in 2008 won the Global Championship. This year, Caruso is sending seven teams totaling 42 students to Globals.

Ardmore has been competing for several years. This year, Ardmore is sending two teams totaling 11 students to Globals. The Westmore and Caruso Elementary Schools both qualified for spots in Global competition with their outstanding performance in the recent Destination Imagination State Tournament held April 9 on the campus of Illinois State University.

Destination ImagiNation is an international problem solving competition that was created in 2000. The main focus of the organization is to help students develop creativity, teamwork, and problem solving skills. Destination ImagiNation was developed in collaboration with the world-renowned Center for Creative Learning. Teams from all 50 states and more than 40 countries around the world compete in a variety of categories.

To qualify for Globals, a team must place in the top three in both their regional and state competitions. Competition is open to students from elementary school through college in divisions divided by age. Destination ImagiNation websites:

Chicon 7 is the 70th World Science Fiction Convention and the seventh Worldcon to be held in Chicago. The Guests of Honor include:

Chicon 7 website:  Chicon 7 information: P.O. Box 13, Skokie, IL 60076 

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