Nimitz Decathlon Finishes 5th in State
For the 14th time in the last 16 years, the Nimitz High School Academic Decathlon landed a top five finish at the Texas High School Academic Decathlon State Competition February 27 through March 7 in San Antonio. The team finished fifth among the 53 teams competing. This marks the 20the consecutive year that Nimitz has finished among the top 10 teams in the state.
For the second time in the school’s history, the team won the Super Quiz by answering 27 out of 30 questions correctly, tying Pearland High School for first. Senior Brian Vigen won a $750 scholarship for placing fifth overall in the varsity division. Vigen scored 8,052 points, becoming only the second Nimitz C student to score 8,000 points at the State Meet. He also won four individual medals, including gold medals in both art and music.
Senior Rebecca Van Pamel was the team’s top scoring student, winning three individual medals, including the gold medal in art. Junior Aron Mathai won two individual medals. Senior Alex Zapata was the team’s top-scoring B student.
The team also included Carlos Estevis, Martin Ortega, Miguel Reyes, Alex Zapata and Seireadan Zipper. The team is coached by Greg Jackson and Greg Thomson.
Academic Decathlon, as the name implies, is a ten-event academic competition. A team is comprised of nine students: three honors or A students, three scholastic or B students and three varsity or C students. Each student competes in each of the following ten events: speech, interview, essay, math, music, economics, science, language & literature, art, and social science. The culminating activity is the Super Quiz oral relay where the students must answer questions related to the various subject areas covered by the competition.