Oak Creek and Wasuma win county math tournament

-- Madera County Office of EducationMarch 14, 2013 

Oak Creek Intermediate School's seventh grade and Wasuma Elementary School's eighth grade teams won the Madera County Academic Pentathlon Math Tournament on March 8.

Coarsegold Elementary School came in second place and Wasuma Elementary School placed third in the seventh grade competition. Thomas Jefferson Middle School's eighth grade team placed second in the competition and Oak Creek Intermediate School placed third at the 8th grade level.

Thirteen schools and nearly 150 students participated in the Math Tournament hosted by the Madera County Office of Education. Each grade competed in a separate competition. Students took three tests: individual endurance, circuit training and relay race in Madera.

During the circuit training competition teams were given 20 questions and 21/2 minutes per question moving through a circuit. Wasuma Elementary School placed first in the Circuit Training 7th grade competition, followed by Oak Creek Intermediate School and Coarsegold Elementary School. Wasuma Elementary School won the eighth grade competition. Rivergold Elementary School placed second and Ranchos Middle School placed third.

Students raced to answer questions during the Relay Race. Rivergold Elementary School came in first place in the 7th grade competition. Coarsegold Elementary School placed second followed by St. Joachim School. Oak Creek Intermediate School placed first in the eighth grade competition. Wasuma Elementary School came in second and Thomas Jefferson Middle School placed third.

The results for the individual test will be announced during the Academic Pentathlon awards ceremony on Saturday, March 16.

The Math Tournament is part of the Academic Pentathlon where students participate in a series of five events. Events include the math tournament, essay competition, speech event, literature test and Super Quiz.

"Students look forward to this event each year," said Cyndy Dolph, Associate Superintendent, Madera County Office of Education. "It's great to see middle school students excited about learning. Students were very engaged in a fun and competitive environment and able to interact with other students throughout the county"

Students will participate in speech, literature and the super quiz on Saturday, March 16 at Ranchos Middle School. Students will speak on the topic of responsibility, one of the pillars in "Character Counts," and take a test based on the novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. The Super Quiz topic is "Physical Principles, Structure and Function." The event will begin at 11:15 a.m.

The Super Quiz will begin at 11:15 a.m. and the public is invited to attend. The event will conclude with the awards ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. where the 2013 Pentathlon winning teams will be announced.

Madera County Office of Education has been hosting the Academic Pentathlon for the last 29 years.

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