Coarsegold Elementary School's 7th grade and Oak Creek Intermediate School's 8th grade teams won the Madera County Academic Pentathlon Math Tournament on Friday, March 14.
Ranchos Middle School came in second place and Oak Creek Intermediate School placed third in the 7th grade competition. Wasuma Elementary School's 8th grade team placed second in the competition and St. Joachim School placed third at the 8th grade level.
Nearly 175 students from 16 county schools 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 at the Madera Center.
During the circuit training competition teams were given 20 questions and 2 ½ minutes per question moving through a circuit. Wilson Middle School placed first in the circuit training 7th grade competition, followed by Ranchos Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Wasuma Elementary School won the 8th grade competition. Oak Creek Intermediate School placed second and St. Joachim School placed third.
Students raced to answer questions during the relay race. Coarsegold Elementary School came in first place in the 7th grade competition. Ranchos Middle School placed second followed by Oak Creek Intermediate School. Oak Creek Intermediate School placed first in the 8th grade competition. Wasuma Elementary School came in second and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School placed third.
Teams received trophies for first, second and third place in each event in addition to the overall math tournament winning team.
The results for the individual test will be announced during the Academic Pentathlon awards this Saturday.
"Once again, this year's event proved to be very engaging for students," said Cyndy Dolph, associate superintendent, Madera County Office of Education. "The teams came well prepared, making for quite an exciting competition. It's always a joy to see students excited about learning, displaying excellent sportsmanship, and interacting with other students from Madera County."
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.
Academic Pentatlon finals Saturday
Students will participate in speech, literature and the Super Quiz this Saturday at Ranchos Middle School. Students will speak on the topic of fairness, one of the pillars in "Character Counts," and take a test based on the novel Thunder Cave by Roland Smith. The Super Quiz topic is "Islam and Medieval Africa."
The Super Quiz will begin at noon and the public is invited to attend. The event will conclude with a 2 p.m. awards ceremony where the 2014 Pentathlon winning teams will be announced.
When students had free time during the Math Tournament, they were encouraged to paint banners in support of their school. Participants will wave those banners at the Academic Pentathlon super quiz and awards ceremony.
Participating schools include: Chawanakee Academy, Coarsegold Elementary, Dairyland Elementary, Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy, Jack G. Desmond Middle, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle, Mountain Home Charter, North Fork Middle, Oak Creek Intermediate, Ranchos Middle, Rivergold Elementary, Sherman Thomas Charter, St. Joachim, Thomas Jefferson Middle, Wasuma Elementary, and Wilson Middle Schools.
Madera County Office of Education has been hosting the Academic Pentathlon for the last 29 years.