Pentathlon winners

The 2015 Madera County Academic Pentathlon culminated with an awards ceremony on Saturday, March 21 naming Mountain Home School Charter’s seventh grade team and Ranchos Middle School’s eighth grade team winners of the competition.

More than 400 students participated in this year’s five-event academic competition, held on two days. Math and essay tests were held on March 13 at SCCCD, Madera Center, and literature, speech and super quiz were held last Saturday at Ranchos Middle School.

Ranchos Middle School came in second place in the seventh grade competition and North Fork Elementary School placed third. Coarsegold Elementary School came in second in the eighth grade competition and Sherman Thomas Charter School placed third.

Coarsegold Elementary School and Ranchos Middle School tied for first place in the seventh grade Super Quiz competition. Coarsegold Elementary School placed first in the eighth grade competition. Mountain Home School Charter placed second in the seventh grade competition and North Fork Elementary School came in third place.

“We have a great group of middle school students in Madera County,” said Cyndy Dolph, associate superintendent, Madera County Office of Education (MCOE). “It was very evident today by the amount of participation, great sportsmanship and the accolades these students received. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful support from our community and districts for student academic events.”

Each event contained a maximum of six students per team. Students were allowed to compete in as many tests as they wished. Teams had been practicing for this event since November.

Saturday’s competition began with the speech and literature events. Participants delivered a four-minute prepared speech on the topic of caring and a two-minute impromptu speech in front a panel of three judges.

Literature students took a test based on the required reading Scat, by Carl Hiaasen. Participants had 30 minutes to answer 50 questions based on the book, a poem and language skills.

The Super Quiz was conducted immediately following both events. Teams walked into the testing arena to face off in a series of questions on the topic “Earth and Life Science, Including Evolution.”

Each super quiz team consisted of four to six members answering 15 questions out of 30. The four highest scores were added up to determine the winning team. The awards ceremony was held immediately following the super quiz and lunch. Certificates and pins were handed out to all participating students.


Seventh grade winners included:


•  Andie Miller Rivergold Elementary Gold

• Kai Hansen North Fork Elementary Silver

•  Kaitlyn Hough North Fork Elementary Bronze


•  Allena Miller Ranchos Middle Gold

•  Dylan Tomlinson Dairyland Silver

•  Rive Prater Wasuma Elementary Silver

•  Abigail Lodge Mountain Home Charter Silver

•  Catherine Corchado St. Joachim Bronze

•  Rachel Lazar Sherman Thomas Charter Bronze

•  David Portnoff Ranchos Middle Bronze

•  Kadee Hiatt Ranchos Middle Bronze


•  Andie Miller Rivergold Elementary Gold

•  Emmanuel Jamero St. Joachim Gold

•  Brittany Sultana Coarsegold Elementary Gold

•  Drew Encinas Rivergold Elementary Silver

•  Kai Hansen North Fork Elementary Silver

•  Cyrus Otero Wasuma Elementary Bronze

•  David Portnoff Ranchos Middle Bronze


•  Riley Luce Rivergold Elementary Gold

•  Nathan Pearce Ranchos Middle Silver

•  McKenna Egan Ranchos Middle Bronze

•  Gabriella Lazarcheff Mountain Home Charter Bronze

Eighth grader winners included:


•  Emily Seals Dairyland Elementary Gold

•  Nathanael Samarin Ranchos Middle Silver

•  Kylie Farmer Wilson Middle Bronze


•  Kylie Farmer Wilson Middle Gold

•  Lindsay Noble Ranchos Middle Gold

•  Israel Mendoza Ranchos Middle Silver

•  Stephen Reed Sherman Thomas Charter Bronze


•  Stephen Reed Sherman Thomas Charter Gold

•  Paige Szabadi Coarsegold Elementary Silver

•  Isaac Duarte-Villa Thomas Jefferson Middle Silver

•  Nick Pierce Rivergold Elementary Bronze

•  Aaron Hall Rivergold Elementary Bronze


•  Caitlin Herring Wilson Middle Gold

•  Branna Barrios Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Silver

•  Amber Persson Wasuma Elementary Bronze