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 Student Events

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Merced County Office of Education is proud of our countywide Student Events Program.  County school districts and community organizations partner with the Merced County Office of Education to coordinate or sponsor our student events throughout the year. 

Our events are designed to encourage achievement among TK through 12th grade students.  More than 12,000 students competed or participated in our 2016​-2017​ events that ranged from a Children's Opera, Speech and Writing Festivals to the Academic Pentathlon and Decathlon. Some of our local competition winners have the opportunity to compete in state championships, opening a whole new world of exciting possibilities for them.

We would like to give a special acknowledgment to our sponsors, volunteers, teachers and coaches for their commitment and encouragement to our children and for supporting the Merced County Office of Education's Student Events.


​Contact our office for all of your student event questions.  We are here to help!



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Young Patriot Challenge​

Poster Contest (Grades K-6)
Essay Contest (Grades 7 & 8)
Speech Contest (Grades 9-12)​​
Click Here for More Information​ and Forms

Submission Due Date
September 29, 2017

​Deliver Entries by Deadline to:
MCOE Complex - J-1 Building

Farm2U (3rd Grade)

Agricultural Awareness Day​
Presented by The​​ Merced County Farm Bureau
MCFB Farm2U Information Page

October 5, 2017

​Merced Fairgrounds

Elementary Spelling Bee (Grades 4, 5 & 6)

​​CA State ​Elementary Spelling Bee​

Junior High Spelling Bee (Grades 7 &8)
CA State Junior High Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee Flyer

Spelling Bee Study Suggestions (for Elementary Bee)

County Competition Rules

Spelling Bee Intent Form                       (Due Oct. 20) 
Elementary Spelling Bee Registration ​  (Due Nov. 9)   
Junior High Spelling Bee Registration​   (Due Nov. 9)​​    ​

December 6, 2017

December 7, ​2017

Atwater Community Center

MCOE Complex Clark/Newbold

Merced Symphony Children's Concert (Grades 3, 4 & 5)​

Reservation Form​ (Merced Performances Only)
All Merced Performances are full.  Reservation requests will
be added to wating list in case of any cancellations.

For Information on Los Banos Concerts: Contact LBUSD

January 19, 2018

Session 1
9:30 AM-10:20 AM

Session 2
11:30 AM-12:20 PM

January 18, 2018

​Art Kamangar Center
Merced Theater​

Pacheco HS-Los Banos

Elementary Speech Festival (Grades 4 & 5)

Middle School Speech Festival (Grades 6, 7 & 8)

Speech Flyer
Speech Festival Information Packet and Topics​

Speech Fes​tival Intent Form​ ​                  (Due Dec. 1)
Speech Festival Registration Forms       (Due Dec. 15) 
4th grade Elementary Speech Festival Student Registration
5th grade Elementary Speech Festival Student Registration
6th grade Middle School Speech Festival Student Registration
7th grade Middle School Speech Festival Student Registration
8th grade Middle School Speech Festival Student Registration​

Speech Festival Awards Ceremony

January 16, 2018 (4th)
January 17, 2018 (5th)

January 18, 2018

January 24, 2018

​MCOE Complex​ Clark/Newbold
MCOE Complex Clark/Newbold

MCOE Complex Clark/Newbold,
M Building, J-2 Building

MCOE Complex Clark/Newbold

Academic Decathlon (Grades 9-12) 

2017-2018 Curriculum - Africa

2017-2018 Outlines

MCAD Scrimmage Registration​  (Due Nov. 17)

MCAD Intent Form                      (Due Nov. 9)

MCAD Competition Forms​​          (Due Dec 8)
MCAD Proctor Release

MCAD 2017-2018 Information Page​​

MCAD Volunteer Form and Judges Reference Page​​

GPA Worksheet/Information/Accepted and Unaccepted Courses​​

Calcula​tor Policy​​

Important Links:
California State Decathlon (MCAD Winning Team Advances)

United States Academic Decathlon​

Round 1
December 2​, 2017

Round 2
ONLINE Essay Testing
January 12, 2018​

February 3, 2018
Speech, Interview,
Objective Tests
8 AM - 3 PM

Super Quiz
3 PM - 4:30 PM

Awards Ceremony
7 PM

March 22-25, 2018

Atwater VCS

Site Specific - Computer Lab

UC Merced - Hosted by the Office of Admissions

UC Merced Gymnasium

UC Merced Lakireddy Auditorium

Sacramento, CA

Mock Trial (Grades 9-12) 
What is Mock Trial?​

Mock Trial Intent Form​ 
Courtroom Artist Competition​
​​Courtroom Jour​n​alist Competition​
Award Ceremony

California Mock Trial​ (Winning Team Advances)

February 6, 2018 and

February 13, 2018

Feburary 15, 2018

March 16-18, 2018

Los Banos Courthouse

MCOE Complex

Riverside, CA


Writing Festival Intent Form​   (Due Jan. 8)


Helpful Hints for Completing Forms
Writing Festival Student Entry Form - Front​ - docx​
Writing Festival Student Entry Form - Front - pdf
Writing Festival Student Entry Form - Front - Google​​
(Please make a copy to your personal drive before completing)​
Writing Festival Student Entry Form - Back - docx
Writing Festival Student Entry Form - Back - pdf
(Must be attached to back of student entry - facing out)

Writing Festival Subm​ission Page (Teacher Form)

Writing Festival Ha​ndbook

Writing Fest​ival Judging Guidelines​​​

March 2, 2018

Judging Dates:
March 12
March 13
March 14
March 15
March 16
March 19
8:30AM - 3:30PM

Deliver Entries by Deadline to:
MCOE Complex - J-1 Building,
4:00 pm​

MCOE Complex

Academic Pentathlon Intent Form​​​        (Due Jan. 12)

Scrimmage Proctor Release Form​      

Competition Forms​​​​ ​                              (Due Feb. 23)

Team List                                              (Due Feb. 23)

Volunteer Form​ (4 per team required)​​

Pentathlon Info​rmation Packet and Rules

17-18 Novel O​rder Form - A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Curriculum and Content Standards


Important Links:
USAD Pentathlon Page​

Academic Pentathlon Awards Ceremony

Round 1​

Round 2
April 14, 2018

April 18, 2018​

Site Specific

El Capitan HS


STEM Fair (T​K-12) 

STEM Fair Informational Meeting held 9/21 (View Presentation​)

STEM Intent Form​     (Due Jan. 26)

Project Da​ta Sheet​    (Due Feb. 16)

Science Fair Competition (Grades 5-8)​
*Qualifier for California State Science Fair (Grades 6-8)
Rules and Regulations​
Scoring Rubric

Project Allowances by District (Call 209-381-5910)
Exhibition/Maker Space (TK-12)
Viewing (TK-12)

California State Science Fair

March 8, 2018

April 23-24, 2018

​Merced County Fairgrounds​​

California Science Center
Los Angeles, CA

Seal of Biliteracy Awards (Grades 11-12)​

Application Process Open 

English Autobiography

Target Essay Window

English/Target Interviews

March 20, 2018

August 1-October 6, 2017

Due - November 17, 2017
Reading - November 29, 2017

January 22-26, 2018
Reading - February 7, 2018

February 27, 2018

Atwater High School

MCOE Complex-J1 Building
MCOE Complex - Clark/Newbold

MCOE Complex - J1 Building
MCOE Complex - Clark/Newbold


Dinner with a Scientist (Grades 6-9)​

DWAS Registration Link​​​

April 26, 2018

UC Merced
4:00PM - 7:30PM

Writing Festival Display and Awards

May 7-11, 2018

​Merced Mall

UC Merced Opera for Children (TK-5)
"The Last Book on Earth"

Opera for Children Regis​tration Form​  (Due May 5)

May 14-18, 2018
UC Merced-Lakireddy Auditorium
Father of the Year (TK-12)​​

Father of the Year Information an​d Entry Forms​​ ​ (Due April 13)

June 12, 2018

Atwater VCS

Stacie Arancibia​ Events and Community Engagement Specialist

Phone: (209) 381-5910

Fax: (209) 381-6774​​

Staff Secretary

Phone: (209) 381-6608

​​Od​essa Osby Administrative Clerk​​

Phone: (209) 381-4568​


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                                                                                            Merced, CA  95341

                                                                            Office Hours: M-F 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM​​​​​​

Closed for Lunch 12 PM to 1 PM​​​