For the 25th time in the last 30 years, the Nimitz High School Academic Decathlon team is Regional Champion. The team earned 45,691.6 to claim the title at the Region IX meet, held January 20 and 21 in Coppell. With the win, Nimitz advances to state for the 30th consecutive year.
Nimitz bested Hebron High School, who finished second with 44,823.2 points, followed by host Coppell High School in third place with 44,541.6 points.
Every member of the team won an individual medal in at least one event, and Nimitz won at least one medal in each of the ten events, including silver in the Super Quiz. Individual medal counts are as follows:
- Ramon Reyes - 13 (including 10 gold)
students were honored as finishing among the top 5 in their GPA category. They are:
- Ramon Reyes - Top C student
- Jonathan Morales - Top B student
- Nia Paredes - third overall C student
- Sofia Rodriguez - fourth overall B student
- Carlos Estevis - fourth overall A student
Ramon Reyes was the top-scoring Nimitz student with 8,362 out
of a possible 10,000 points. In the illustrious history of Nimitz Academic
Decathlon, this is the highest score ever posted by a C student. Carlos
Estevis also scored over 8,300 points in a stellar performance against top
The team is currently ranked sixth in the state and
has designs on moving up in the rankings at the state meet, to be held February 24-26 in San Antonio.
The team is coached by Greg Jackson,
Greg Thomson, Marlene Hernandez, and Marc Slette make it all happen. They
work tirelessly to help each of our kids reach his or her full potential. Hernandez is a first-year English teacher
and former Nimitz decathlete herself.
"She has done a fabulous job coaching art, literature and the essay," says Jackson, the team's head coach. "Marc has expertly guided our kids through
the rigors of speech and interview and has pitched in with some economics
help. Greg - what can I say about Greg Thomson, other than I have yet to
find something he cannot do."
Thompson coaches science and
economics, in addition to handling the team's data needs.
"This was a great team effort and a victory that I hope all
of you take pride in," says 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."