North Fork wins big

North Fork Elementary School’s seventh and eighth grade classes were crowned winners of this year’s Madera County Academic Pentathlon, which culminated with the super quiz and awards ceremony March 10.

The school’s seventh grade team was made up Moises Agundez, Lauren Bryant, Thor Goodman, Ryan Hough, Vincent Mellana, Kaia Owen, Jeremiah Stott, and Josiah Waltner.

Team members on the eighth grade team were Hunter Ahrens, Joshua Barba, Alexia Berry, Orion Cicoletti, Jayci Coon, Isaiah Gibson, Kai Hansen, Luna Moreno, and Kathryn Odgers. The coaches were Katie Kelly and Carrie Waltner.

More than 200 students participated in this five-event academic competition, which began March 5. Students competed in the areas of fine arts, literature, science, social science and speech. This year’s topic was India.

Coarsegold Elementary School came in second place in the seventh grade competition and Wasuma School placed third. Mountain Home School Charter came in second in the eighth grade competition and Rivergold Elementary School placed third.

Coarsegold Elementary School received first place in the seventh grade Super Quiz competition. North Fork Elementary School placed first in the eighth grade competition. Thomas Jefferson Middle School came in second in the seventh grade competition and North Fork Elementary School and Rivergold Elementary School tied for third place.

In the eighth grade competition, Mountain Home School Charter came in second place and Spring Valley School placed third.

Each team consisted of up to nine students per team. Students had to compete in all five events. Teams had been practicing for this event since November.

“We are so proud of Madera County’s middle school students,” said Dianna Marsh, assistant superintendent, Madera County Office of Education. “This year’s competition was fierce and these students handled it with exceptional sportsmanship, team spirit and dedication. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful support from our community and districts for student academic events.”

For a complete list of winners, see

Madera County Office of Education