Madera Academic Pentathlon begins this weekend

North Fork Elementary School’s eight grade team won the Madera County Academic Pentathlon this past weekend.
North Fork Elementary School’s eight grade team won the Madera County Academic Pentathlon this past weekend. Madera County Office of Education

Madera County’s middle school students will compete in the 2019 Academic Pentathlon on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 16.

More than 230 students from 14 schools from throughout Madera County--eight of which are from the foothills--will take tests in the area of fine arts, literature, science, social science, and will write an essay.

The participating schools are: Raymond-Knowles Elementary School, Chawanakee Academy Charter, Coarsegold Elementary, Eastin-Arcola, Howard Elementary School, Jack G. Desmond Middle School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Mountain Home Charter, North Fork Elementary School, Ranchos Middle School, Rivergold Elementary School, Sherman Thomas STEM Academy, Spring Valley, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Wasuma Elementary School.

Each school is allowed one seventh grade and one eighth grade team.

The Super Quiz will be the final event in this five-event competition. It will be held at Ranchos Middle School at 9 a.m. on March 16, followed by the awards ceremony at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend both events.

This year’s topic is “The 1960s: A Transformational Decade.” Students studied the history, music and art of the 1960s, learned about laser technology, and readThe Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” by Sonia Manzano.

“Students work very hard studying and preparing for the competition. Our pentathletes have risen to the challenge,” said Dr. Cecilia Massetti, Madera County Superintendent of Schools. “We are excited to see them demonstrate their knowledge of a variety of topics on the Super Quiz. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and recognize their efforts at the awards ceremony.”

Seventh and eighth grade students will receive separate gold, silver, and bronze medals in each individual event, as well as fourth and fifth place medals. All students receive a participation certificate and pin.

Rosette ribbons will be awarded to the winning Super Quiz teams. The overall winning teams will receive a team plaque and perpetual plaque.