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OCI, Wasuma Win Math Tournament

MADERA COUNTY – Oak Creek Intermediate (OCI) School’s 7th grade and Wasuma Elementary School’s 8th grade teams won the Madera County Academic Pentathlon Math Tournament on Friday, Mar. 8.

Students on the winning 7th Grade team from OCI were Katherine Bayt, Olivia Mattos, Ty Peterson, Burke Stewart, Zachary Thach, and Lauren Wharton.

The winning 8th Grade team from Wasuma was made up of Chandler Clarke, Brandon Healey, Elise Keeler, Isabel McGoldrick, Quinn Moody, and Jennifer Springer.Coarsegold Elementary came in second place and Wasuma Elementary placed third in the 7th grade competition. Thomas Jefferson Middle School’s 8th grade team placed second in the competition and OCI placed third at the 8th grade level.

Thirteen schools and nearly 150 students 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.

Wasuma 8th Grade Team -Wasuma Elementary placed first in the Circuit Training 7th grade competition, followed by OCI and Coarsegold Elementary.

Wasuma Elementary won the 8th grade competition. Rivergold Elementary placed second and Ranchos Middle School placed third.

Students raced to answer questions during the Relay Race. Rivergold Elementary came in first place in the 7th grade competition. Coarsegold Elementary placed second followed by St. Joachim School. OCI placed first in the 8th grade competition. Wasuma Elementary came in second and Thomas Jefferson Middle School placed third.

The results for the individual test will be announced during the Academic Pentathlon awards ceremony on Saturday, Mar. 16.

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.

“Students look forward to this event each year,” said Cyndy Dolph, Associate Superintendent, Madera County Office of Education. “It’s great to see middle school students excited about learning. Students were very engaged in a fun and competitive environment and able to interact with other students throughout the county.”

Students will participate in speech, literature and the super quiz on Saturday, Mar. 16 at Ranchos Middle School. Students will speak on the topic of responsibility, one of the pillars in “Character Counts,” and take a test based on the novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. The Super Quiz topic is “Physical Principles, Structure and Function.” The event will begin at 11:15 a.m.

The Super Quiz will begin at 11:15 a.m. and the public is invited to attend. The event will conclude with the awards ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. where the 2013 Pentathlon winning teams will be announced.

Madera County Office of Education has been hosting the Academic Pentathlon for the last 29 years.

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