Students Kick Off Largest Global Finals at the 2014 Welcome Ceremony
By Leah Rauhuff
More than 1,400 teams from all over the world gathered together last night at Thompson-Boling Arena for the Global Finals 2014 Welcome Ceremony, the largest event in Destination Imagination history. The crowd clapped and cheered as the Parade of Nations began, showing pride in their state or nation for their representation at Global Finals. It was certainly a night to remember.
“American Idol” finalist and DI alumna Rachel Hale beautifully performed the national anthem, while David Garibaldi, an urban-contemporary performance artist and finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” showed his imagination and creativity by combining painting and dance to create an Einstein masterpiece.
One of the most exciting moments of the night was a surprise video message from Academy Award winning director James Cameron, who congratulated DI-ers and told them to remember that they are all explorers just like him. “If you use your brain, imagination and curiosity, you can do anything you want to do,” Cameron said.
Destination Imagination always inspires kids to challenge themselves and to think creatively. Nicky Fields, Team Manager of the Diablo Vista Middle School team in California, explained what DI means to her team. “They have learned to be very confident and very poised,” Fields said. “They can speak in front of anybody now. No problem stumps them anymore.”
The Welcome Ceremony was a time to celebrate this confidence and poise—and also a time to celebrate the importance of an organization like Destination Imagination and the accomplishments of all those who are willing to think outside the box and participate in these creative and innovative Challenges.
Watch the full Welcome Ceremony below.
For more highlights from the Global Finals 2014 Welcome Ceremony, please visit our photo gallery here.