Nicolet Middle School Invites Para triathlete to Inspire Students Before State Testing

Nicolet Middle School students heard from amputee triathlete Zimri Solis, who shared his inspiring life story and the power of self-motivation with students during a testing assembly on May 2.
The event was made possible through a partnership with Loma Linda University Health community outreach program PossAbilities and Solis.
Students and staff were greeted by the school’s high-energy Palominos mascot, encouraging posterboards and a lively video introduction. The event aimed to inspire students to remain focused during the week-long California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing.
“Despite the challenges you may face, it is important to remember that you can do whatever you set your mind to,” Solis said. “Although I am missing my fingers, left hand and leg, I can still do all the things I love, and students need to know that you can go through any obstacle with the right mindset. It’s not what you go through; it is how you go through it.”
Solis explained he contracted meningitis, a virus that attacks the brain and spine at the age of 10 and the only way to stop the infection was amputation. He decided to lead a life worth living and began competing as a para-athlete. Solis continues to train in the hope of one day qualifying for the Paralympic triathlon.
 After the assembly, students and staff gathered around Solis to ask questions, observe his athletic gear, take photos and express their gratitude.
“Thank you to Loma Linda University Health and Zimri Solis for supporting our Palominos community,” Superintendent Terrence Davis said. “At Banning Unified, we are committed to finding innovative ways to motivate our students to invoke growth and maximize their academic achievements.”