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Irving ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Make History

The Academic Decathlon teams from Irving, MacArthur and Nimitz high schools are headed to state. At the Region IX meet held January 20 and 21 in Coppell, Nimitz won the regional championship to advance to the state meet for the 30th consecutive year. MacArthur and Irving placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

This year’s win for Nimitz marks the 25th regional championship in the past 30 years for the school. Every team member won an individual medal in at least one event, and the team won at least one medal in each of the competition’s 10 events, including a second-place finish in the Super Quiz competition. Senior Ramon Reyes was the top-scoring student with 8,362 out of a possible 10,000 points – the highest ever posted by a varsity student.

“This was a great team effort and a victory that I hope all of Nimitz Nation takes pride in,” says Nimitz head coach Greg Jackson. “It is not easy to beat a school like Coppell High School in anything, and after they had thrashed us the past two years, the kids were determined that they would turn the tables this year.  The nine seniors on the team are exceptional young people who represented Nimitz in an exemplary manner this weekend and are looking forward to an even better performance at state.”

Irving High School may not have had veteran experience, but the team, with six new members including three sophomores, qualified for state for the second consecutive year. The team won fourth in the Super Quiz competition and earned eight individual medals.

“It is very unusual in the “Ac Dec World” to have so many sophomores,” says head coach James Newman. “Last year, when our team qualified for state for the first time ever, it was a senior-led team. So this mostly new group had very large shoes to fill. They have been working extremely hard the entire first semester during class, after school and on Saturdays.”

MacArthur’s team of all seniors earned three individual medals, and one team member was named the fifth overall varsity student.

“The team has great initiative, and members were self-motived by forming study groups on their own after school and during the holidays. This really contributed to their success this year,” says head coach Sherry Martinez.

In Academic Decathlon, students are tested in 10 categories: art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, and speech. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores. Individual Irving ISD student results are as follows:
 

Honors Students (GPA 3.75-4.0)

Student/School

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Special Awards

Carlos Estevis, Nimitz

math, music

social science

language & literature, economics

fourth overall honors student

Brianna Rios, Nimitz

 

interview, speech

economics

 

Geoff Thomas, Nimitz

essay

 

 

 

 

Scholastic Students (GPA 3.0-3.74)

Student/School

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Special Awards

Ronaldo Carbone, MacArthur

 

essay

 

 

Jhair Galindo, Nimitz

 

math, science

 

 

Teresa Lindero, MacArthur

 

science

economics

 

Jonathan Morales, Nimitz

economics

 

speech, math, music

first overall scholastic student

Sofia Rodriguez, Nimitz

 

economics, social science

music

fourth overall scholastic student

Eduardo Torres, Irving

science

 

math, economics

 

 

Varsity Students (GPA up to 2.99)

Student/School

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Special Awards

Omar Lazcano, Irving

 

art, social science

 

 

Alexis Lopez, MacArthur

 

 

 

fifth overall varsity student

Truman Maxfield, Irving

math

science

 

 

Nia Paredes, Nimitz

interview, language & literature

 

music

third overall varsity student

Roman Rangel, Irving

 

 

economics

 

Ramon Reyes, Nimitz

essay, speech, music, economics, science, art, social science

language & literature

 

first overall varsity student

Al Su’eSu’e, Nimitz

 

 

social science

 

 

The Nimitz team is coached by Jackson, Greg Thomson, Marlene Hernandez and Marc Slette. Thomson and Hernandez are former Nimitz decathletes. Coaches for the Irving High team are Newman, Randall Winter, Charlie Cruz, Frank Houser, Jonathan Fontenot, Jennifer West, Ricardo Monreal and Ben Bordlemay. In addition to Martinez, Falak Ajani and Chad Smith coach the MacArthur team.

The state Academic Decathlon meet for large schools is February 24 through 26 in San Antonio. Forty teams from across Texas advance to the state meet for large schools. The number one team from each of the 12 regions automatically advances. The remaining spots are filled based on overall point totals. Six of the 11 schools in the region in which Irving ISD competes qualified for state.




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