Madera County’s middle school students will be putting their minds to the test during the 2016 Academic Pentathlon Super Quiz on Thursday, March 10. An awards ceremony will be held immediately following the Super Quiz.
The Super Quiz will be the final event in this five-event competition. On Saturday, March 5, students took tests in the area of fine arts, literature, science and social science. This year’s topic is India. Pentathletes also delivered a speech in front of a panel of judges.
This year’s Super Quiz will be a collaborative effort. Students in each round will be allowed to discuss the question for 10 seconds and then answer the questions independently. Questions will be based on all of the subject areas.
More than 200 students from 14 schools from throughout Madera County will participate. In addition, two schools from Fresno County are competing.
“We wish all of our Pentathletes good luck at the Super Quiz and welcome the teams from Fresno County,” said Dr. Cecilia Massetti. “Saturday was a tough competition and our students tackled the material and gave it their very best.”
Each school is allowed one seventh grade and one eighth grade team. Each team may have up to nine students.
This year students had to compete in all five events and a fine arts category was added to the event. Students read The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling.
“We had many changes to this year’s Pentathlon,” said Dianna Marsh, Assistant Superintendent, Madera County Office of Education. “Our students rose to the challenge and we couldn’t be prouder of their efforts.”
Students in both 7th and 8th grade will receive gold, silver, and bronze medals in each individual event and rosettes for the Super Quiz. The winning teams will receive a team plaque and perpetual plaque. All students receive a participation certificate and pin.
The Super Quiz will be held at Ranchos Middle School at 6 p.m. on March 10. The awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Participating schools include: Ahwahnee Middle, Coarsegold Elementary, Eastin-Arcola, Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy, Jack G. Desmond Middle, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle, Mountain Home Charter, North Fork Middle, Ranchos Middle, Rivergold Elementary, Sherman Thomas Charter, Spring Valley, Thomas Jefferson Middle, Tioga Middle, Wasuma Elementary, and Wilson Middle Schools.
Madera County Office of Education