For the 12th time in the past 14 years, the Nimitz Academic Decathlon team placed among the top five teams at the Large School State Meet (5-A teams), finishing 4th in a field of 40 teams over the weekend in El Paso.

Timothy Betts was the top-scoring Nimitz student.  Timothy also won a silver medal in Science and a bronze in Economics.

But Nguyen was the #4 B student in the meet, winning a $1000 scholarship in the process. But also won the bronze medal in Science. Matthew Jauregui was the #5 C student in the meet and won a $750 scholarship.  Additionally, Matthew won a bronze medal in math and a gold medal in interview.

Other medal winners for Nimitz were Blaine Stevens, who won a gold in economics and a bronze in music, Rebecca Van Pamel, who won a silver in literature, and Michel Castillo, who won a gold medal in interview. Darby Adams and Sarah Varghese also made major contributions to the fourth place finish.

The team, led by coach Greg Jackson has qualified to compete at the State Meet 23 out of the last 26 years.

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