This past weekend, Irving ISD proudly played host to the Region IX Texas Academic Decathlon Meet. All four Irving ISD schools delivered strong performances with Irving High School, Nimitz High School and MacArthur High School advancing to state. Singley Academy senior, Marie Friend, earned a bronze medal in the interview portion, scoring 980 out of 1,000.

Nimitz High School and MacArthur High School will move on to the Division I State Meet in San Antonio, while Irving High School will head to the Division II State Meet in Frisco. For reference, the top 40 highest scores in the state advance to the Division I State Meet, while the next 30 highest scores compete in the Division II Meet. Both state meets will take place from Thursday, February 22, through Sunday, February 25.

Students are divided into three divisions based on their grade-point average: Honors (3.75–4.00 GPA), Scholastic (3.00–3.74 GPA) and Varsity (0.00–2.99 GPA).

See below for each school’s medals and accomplishments at the regional meet. Congratulations to all our students and best of luck at State!

Irving High School – 8th Place (Team)

Name Subject Medal Division
Gerson Osorio Science  Bronze Scholastic
Mauricio Rojas Speech Bronze Varsity
Alejandra Ortiz   Art Bronze Varsity
Alejandra Ortiz  Social Science Bronze Varsity
Alejandra Ortiz Science Silver Varsity


MacArthur High School – 5th Place (Team)

Name Subject Medal Division
Addison Land Literature Gold Varsity 
Addison Land Music Bronze Varsity
Saurav Kandel Math Silver Honors
Cae Mbugua Music Bronze Scholastic
Cae Mbugua Science Silver Scholastic 
Cae Mbugua Social Science Gold Scholastic
Katie Jimenez Speech Silver Varsity
Jasmine Thompson Speech Silver Scholastic
Alessandra Gonzalez Interview Bronze Scholastic
Alessandra Gonzalez Speech Gold Scholastic

5th Place Scholastic Division Overall – Cae Mbugua


Nimitz High School – 2nd Place (Team)

Name Subject Medal Division
Esperanza Eagans Art Silver Scholastic
Esperanza Eagans Literature Gold Scholastic
Esperanza Eagans Music Silver Scholastic
Esperanza Eagans Science Bronze Scholastic
Aidan Williams Art Silver Varsity
Aidan Williams Essay Bronze Varsity
Aidan Williams Science Bronze Varsity
Aidan Williams Speech Gold Varsity
Alex Rowe Speech Silver Honors
Yareli Castro Economics Bronze Varsity
Yareli Castro Essay Gold Varsity
Yareli Castro Interview Silver Varsity
Yareli Castro Science Silver Varsity
Yareli Castro Social Science Silver Varsity
Elsie Perez Literature Silver Varsity
Angela Platero Essay Silver Scholastic
Liliam Bolanos Cruz Science Bronze Honors
Nicole Medero Art Bronze Scholastic

3rd Place Scholastic Division Overall – Esperanza Eagans

3rd Place Varsity Division Overall – Aidan Williams
4th Place Honors Division Overall – Alex Rowe
4th Place Varsity Division Overall – Yareli Castro 

Singley Academy – 10th Place (Team)

Name Subject Medal Division
Marie Friend Interview Bronze Honors