Merced County Office of Education

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 2017-2018  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!


PDF of 18-19 Draft Calendar

Event Name

**Subject to Change
**Subject to Change

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
2018-2019 Winner List

September 28, 2018

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 4, 2018

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                       
Elementary Spelling Bee Registration     
Junior High Spelling Bee Registration    

Merced, Los Banos students win Merced County junior high, elementary spelling bees

December 5, 2018

December 6, 2018

Atwater VCS

MCOE - Clark/Newbold

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

Reservation Form  (Merced Performances Only)

For Information on Los Banos Concerts: Contact LBUSD

February 1, 2019

Session 1
9:30 AM-10:20 AM

Session 2
11:30 AM-12:20 PM

January 31, 2019

Art Kamangar Center
at the Merced Theater

Pacheco HS-Los Banos

Academic Decathlon (Grades 9-12) 

2018-2019 Curriculum - The 1960's: A Transformational Decade

MCAD Scrimmage Registration

MCAD Intent Form                      

MCAD Competition Forms
MCAD Essay Proctor Release

MCAD 2018-2019 Information Page

Madera Lecture Series Information/Registration

2018-2019 Outlines

MCAD Volunteer Form and Judges Reference Page

GPA Worksheet/Information/Courses

Calculator Policy

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

United States Academic Decathlon

Round 1
December 1, 2018

Round 2
ONLINE Essay Testing
January 11, 2019

February 2, 2019
Speech, Interview,
Objective Tests
8 AM - 3 PM

Super Quiz
3 PM - 4:30 PM

Awards Ceremony
7 PM

March 21-24, 2019

Atwater VCS

Site Specific  - Computer Lab

UC Merced - COB 1&2

UC Merced-Gymnasium

UC Merced
Lakireddy Auditorium

Sacramento, CA

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

Mock Trial Intent Form
Team Registration (due before winter break)
Team Roles Roster (due two weeks before competition)
Courtroom Artist Competition
Courtroom Journalist Competition

Award Ceremony

California Mock Trial  (Winning Team Advances)

February 5, 2019 &

Feburary 14, 2019

March 22-24, 2019

Merced County Courthouse
Merced, CA

MCOE - Early Ed Complex

Sacramento County, CA


Writing Festival Intent Form   


Helpful Hints for Completing Forms
Please use our form and categories.  Incorrect submissions risk being judged improperly or being discarded.  If you have issues with the forms, please contact us.
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 Submission Page (Teacher Form)

Writing Festival Handbook (updated 10/1/18)

Writing Festival Judging Guidelines

March 1, 2019

March 13-19, 2019 

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

MCOE Complex

STEM Fair (TK-12)​ 

STEM Intent Form (due 1/31/19)    

Project Data Sheet (due 2/15/19)  

Schedule​ (updated 2/12/19)

Science Fair Competition (Grades 5-10)
*Qualifier for California State Science Fair (Grades 6-10)
Categ​ories (updated 11/21/18)
Rules and Regulations

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

California State Science Fair

March 6, 2019

April 29-30 2019

UC Merced

Los Angeles, CA

California Science Center

Dinner with a​ Scientist (Grades 6-8)

DWAS Registration Link (will reopen after reschedule)

March 14 Cancelled
New Date TBD

UC Merced
4:00PM - 7:30PM

Academic Pentathlon Intent Form       

Scrimmage Proctor Rele​ase Form       

Com​petition Forms​ (team lists, permission and medical)

GPA Worksheet                               

18-19 AP Volunteer Form  

Pentathlon Information Packet and Rules

18-19 Novel Order Form
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Curriculum and Content Standards


Important Links:
USAD Pentathlon Page

Academic Pentathlon Awards Ceremony

Round 1

Round 2
April 6, 2019

April 11, 2019
Site Specific

Atwater High School

Art Kamangar Center
at the Merced Theatre

Elementary Speech Festival (Grades 4 & 5)

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

Speech Festival Information Packet and Topics

Speech Festival Intent Form               

Speech Festival Registration Forms       
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

April 15-16, 2019

April 17-19, 2019

May 1, 2019

MCOE Complex

MCOE Complex

MCOE Complex

Writing Festival Display and Awards

May 6-10, 2019

Merced Mall

UC Merced Opera for Children (Pre-6)
"Baobob" Flyer

Opera for Children Registration Form  

May 20-24, 2019
UC Merced-Lakireddy Auditorium

Father of the Year (TK-12)

Father of the Year Information and Entry Forms​  

Entries Due April 12

June 11, 2019

Due to MCOE by 4PM
Building J-1

Atwater VCS

Stacie Arancibia Events and Community Engagement Specialist

Phone: (209) 381-5910

Fax: (209) 381-6774

Patty Espinoza, Staff Secretary

Phone: (209) 381-6608

Odessa Osby Administrative Clerk

Phone: (209) 381-4568


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                                                                                         Merced, CA  95341

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