In a Merced County Office of Education press release from April 29, the top-scoring teams for the Merced County Academic Pentathlon Competition were announced.

MCOE organizers host the Academic Pentathlon annually. Nathan Quevedo, Communications and Public Relations Officer, cites the event as “designed to encourage and recognize academic excellence among students within the county.”

In a competition that brought together 320 middle school students across Merced County, students showcased their academic prowess.

The Academic Pentathlon, as the title suggests, consists of five subject areas. First, students are tested in each subject area; fine arts, literature, math, science, and social science. Upon completion of the initial testing stage, students participate in the Super Quiz, which features questions from each subject area.

One of the top-scoring teams in the event was Los Banos Unified School District’s Westside Union Elementary, which earned first place in the sixth-grade competition. The Westside Union Elementary sixth grade team was also named the top performing team in the sixth grade Super Quiz.

Special attention must be paid to the overall top-scoring student of the competition, Max Menefee, a sixth-grade student from Westside Union Elementary.

This year’s national theme, as provided by the United States Academic Decathlon, is The American Revolution and the New Nation.

This year’s event was sponsored by Merced Irrigation District.

Courtney Andrade