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Farmington team takes global DI title

JAM2K team members and managers (bottom, left to right) Katie Aaron, Maricia Pacheco, Kelli Elmer, (top, left to right) Cynthia Kelly, Aly Grebner, Jeanna Gaalswyk, and Jan Gaalswyk.

A group of Farmington middle school students beat out more than 60 other teams from around the country and the world, taking first place in their division at the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals held May 26-29 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The team, called JAM2K, includes Katie Aaron, Kelli Elmer, Jeanna Gaalswyk, Ali Grebner and Maricia Pacheco, and is co-managed by Jan Gaalswyk and Cynthia Kelly.

JAM2K competed in the Do or DI challenge, which asks teams to create a five-minute skit with only seven minutes to prepare after being given all the details they must incorporate into the skit. The challenge focuses on students' improvisational acting, ability to develop a story, teamwork and research skills.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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