Valley secondary students participated in Destination Imagination’s first ever virtual world championship mid July and achieved significant results.

G.P. Vanier improv students competed in the annual Global Finals in an online tournament that played out entirely on a live-streaming app, a first of its kind for the globally recognized competition.

Competing in the senior category against teams from China and Poland, students were tasked to create a story using visual effects and deliver a performance using Zoom.

Vanier’s Team Chance performance earned 4 th place in the Virtual Team Challenge and 6th in
Instant Challenge during week two of the championships. Of the thousands of entries from across the world, the team earned a remarkable 11 th place finish overall in the online event.

Team Managers Greg Kochanuk and Lori Mazey were impressed with the students’ tenacity to compete under the new reality of COVID-19 restrictions and please of their results

“To compete against hundreds of teams, many of whom were using professional studio equipment to complete their entries, is remarkable in itself. To be recognized as one of the very best in the world at Improv performance in this entirely new presentation platform, however, is truly ground-breaking, shared Greg Kochanuk, team manager. “All of these amazing students will be back at Vanier to continue to shine in Fine Arts, where they have been so well coached by their outstanding mentor, Lori Mazey.”

As well, Vanier’s junior team, the Sockstars, competed in the middle-level category and fared very well.

Student Quotes

“The challenge offered many opportunities to learn in a new way,” explained Brooke O’Toole,
grade 12. “We had to edit video right up until the time we submitted it, condensing and slightly
speeding audio and video files to make it work within the time limit.”

“I loved how the new online challenge allowed us to experiment with costumes and video
editing, which we had never done in DI before.” Sienna Stephens, grade 12.

Mary Lee

Manager of Communications, Comox Valley Schools (School District 71)