My name is Ben. I am currently a senior in college, double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and
Entertainment Design & Technology. I have been actively involved in Destination ImagiNation in the Southside region of
Virginia since the fifth grade.
I have competed at the regional tournament 6 times, moved on to the affiliate tournament 4 times,
and competed at Global Finals once. Around 2006, I developed a strong interest in Instant Challenge. I acted as an
assistant Team Manager for 4 Elementary Level DI teams over my last two years of high school, primarily focusing on Instant
Challenge training. I have also provided direct assistance with Instant Challenge training of about 3 other
During my senior year in high school, I decided that I have competed in enough Destination ImagiNation
events for now, and decided to help out by appraising. Since then, I have appraised the Instant Challenge numerous
times at various regional, state, and global tournaments. I am also the Challenge
Master for the Instant Challenge at the Tidewater Regional Tournament, as well as the Virginia affiliate tournament.
I usually volunteer at about six tournaments each season.
What else do you do?
Well, for one thing, I make roller coasters out of pretzels.
I have also been known to write scripts, build sets, execute special effects, and make puppets.