Viera’s Academic Team has history-making year


Summer Jasinski made Viera High history when she became the first member of the school's Academic Team to make the All-Brevard Team. As a team, Viera had its best-ever finish of third place.

Carl Kotala

It’s been a historic year for the Viera High School Academic Team.

After a strong regular season that qualified the Hawks for the 15-team county-wide tournament, Viera finished third overall — its best finish ever.

In addition, senior Summer Jasinski finished third individually to become the first Viera High student to qualify for the All-Brevard Team.

“We’ve never made it to the district competition at all, which is the top six, so it was very exciting for us,” Jasinski said.

“… I’ve been on the team all four years and we’ve never done anything. We’re all seniors (except for one) and it was our last year. We really wanted to do something kind of cool. That was our only goal. We were like, ‘We’re going to make it to districts this year even if we’re just sixth.'”

Viera’s Academic Team, which is led by teacher Ron Peters, consists of Jasinski, Mitchell Lewis, Graham Neustel, Nivetha Aravind (a junior), Parth Turakhia, Eric Beck, Steven Swingle and Claire Hendrick.

The competitions, which were held every Monday at the Brevard School District offices, consisted of five players on each team buzzing in to answer questions as you would see on a television game show.

This year’s county-wide competition featured questions ranging from Art History to Physics 3 material.

Not only were team scores kept, but individual scores were tallied throughout as well.

Jasinski’s area of expertise came in math (she wants to study Applied Mathematics in college) and art.

Other team members were strong in the areas of Science, which made for a very competitive group.

“We were strong all year,” Jasinski said. “We had a really powerful team. We all work so well together.”

Of course, making the six-member All-Brevard Team was quite an honor.

“That was really exciting because I think that’s a little more big of a deal because (after) districts, you really don’t go anywhere after that,” she said. “There’s no state team competition.

“But the Team Brevard thing is a huge deal. We get to go to Disney (in April) for four days and compete against the whole state.”