By TYLER MASK
Recently the 2014 Greater Fort Worth Destination Imagination Tournament took place at Legacy High School in Mansfield, and 26 of the 256 teams that competed in the event are State competition bound.
Beyond standard award issuances at Saturday night’s ceremony, Mineral Wells Engineer Victor Paulsen was presented a special award for his 25 years of service with DI.
Regional Directors Mary Jane Conner, Karen Crawford, Jacqueline Bandy and challenge master Range Wagner banded together with the board and presented him with a trophy.
“[Paulsen] has given so much to the program that we wanted to honor him in a special way,” Bandy said.
Paulsen began working with DI as a team manager while his two sons, Matt and Marcus, were enrolled in elementary school at Mineral Wells ISD. Through the years, Paulsen advanced through the ranks of appraiser, challenge master at both regional and state levels, challenge writer in Knoxville, Tenn., and global appraiser.
“[Paulsen] has accumulated numerous hours of just helping children become problem solving adults with 21st century skills,” Bandy said.
His wife, who also contributes to DI, said that he loves what he does and it’s just how his mind works.
As a challenge master, Paulsen works with a team of appraisers.
“He loves his team and it shows because year-after-year, they come back to work with him,” Bandy said.
During Paulsen’s time with DI, he has seen the program grow and has even been a catalyst for change, most notably adding several new alumni appraisers to the program, with many hailing from the Mineral Wells district program.
“There is nobody more deserving than Victor,” Bandy said. “I don’t think he realizes how many children he has encouraged to advance and achieve in the program, spilling over into their academic careers and future plans.”