Nimitz Vikings Advance to State Academic Decathlon, Again
For the 28th consecutive year, the Nimitz Academic Decathlon team is headed to state! At regional competition January 30-31, the team garnered 41 medals en route to a second-place and a bid to the state championships. They enter that competition, to be held February 27-28 in San, ranked sixth in the state.
Individually, with more than 30 students competing in each category, five Nimitz students placed among the top three students in their respective GPA categories. In other words, of the top nine students at the meet, five of them were Nimitz Vikings.
In the Varsity category Brian Vigen was the top student, followed closely by his teammate, Rachel Van Pamel at No. 2. In the Scholastic category, Alex Zapata was finished second and Aron Mathai third. In the Honors category, Rebecca Van Pamel was runner-up. The team also finished second in the Super Quiz Relay, answering 23 of 30 questions correctly.
Team members include Rachel Van Pamel, Rebecca Van Pamel, Brian Vigen, Alex Zapata, Aron Mathai, Seireadan Zipper, Miguel Reyes, Martin Ortega and Carlos Estevis.