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Members of Oak Creek Intermediate's Academic Pentathlon after a study session

Pentathletes’ Super Quiz Battle Of The Brains

Lauren Stover, North Fork

COUNTY — No fooling: Madera County’s middle school students will be putting their minds to the test during the 2017 Academic Pentathlon Super Quiz on Saturday, Apr. 1, with an  awards ceremony held immediately afterwards.

Nearly 200 students from 13 schools from throughout Madera County will participate.

Super Quiz marks the final event in this five-event competition. On Friday, March 17, students took tests in the area of fine arts, literature, math and social science and wrote an essay. This year’s topic is World War II.

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 are based on all of the subject areas except math.

“Pentathletes have been studying hard since September,” said Dr. Cecilia Massetti, Madera County Superintendent of Schools.  “We wish them luck at the Super Quiz. They already did a great job on the written tests last week.”

Each school is allowed one seventh grade and one eighth grade team. Each team may have up to 15 students.

This year students had to compete in all five events. They studied the history, music and art of the World War II era and read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. They also studied algebra and trigonometry for the math test.

“Our students continue to rise to the challenge each year and we couldn’t be prouder of their efforts,” said Dianna Marsh, Assistant Superintendent, Madera County Office of Education.

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 9:00 a.m. on April 1.  The awards ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.  The public is invited to attend.

Participating schools include:  Chawanakee Academy Charter, Coarsegold Elementary, Eastin-Arcola, Jack G. Desmond Middle, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle, Mountain Home Charter, North Fork Middle, Oak Creek Intermediate, Ranchos Middle, Rivergold Elementary, Spring Valley, Thomas Jefferson Middle, and Wasuma Elementary.

Pictured:  Lauren Stover, North Fork Elementary School 8th grade competitor

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