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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 2019-2020 events that ranged from the Symphony, Speech and Writing Festivals to the Academic Pentathlon and Decathlon and even some virtually. Some of our local competition winners have the opportunity to compete in state championships, opening a whole new world of exciting possibilities for them.
While restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic have required changes to many of the student events, few have been cancelled. Many are possible in a live, virtual or hybrid format. We are excited for 2020-2021 and all the new ideas and opportunities that will come with these changes.
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.
Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunites are available. If interested, please contact our office for more information.
STEM Fair (TK-12) Opens a New Window. PDF Download STEM Intent Form Opens a New Window. (due 1/29/21)
Project Data Sheet Opens a New Window. (due 2/19/21)
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Science Fair Competition (Grades 5-12) *Qualifier for California State Science Fair (Grades 6-12)
Categories PDF Download Opens a New Window. Rules and Regulations
PDF Download Opens a New Window. Project Allowances by District (Call 209-381-5910)California State Science Fair Opens a New Window.
March 2/3, 2021Projects due to zfairs by Friday, February 26, 2021
Virtual - zFairsWe have purchased software to use for scoring a virtual or hybrid format. If you are interested in the software for your school site or district please contact zFairs.
Merced Symphony Children's Virtual Concert
Elementary Speech Festival (Grades 4 & 5) PDF Download Middle School Speech Festival (Grades 6, 7 & 8) PDF Download PDF Download Speech Festival Intent Form Opens a New Window.
Speech Festival Registration Forms (to be completed by school)
4th grade Elementary Speech Festival Student Registration Opens a New Window. 5th grade Elementary Speech Festival Student Registration Opens a New Window. 6th grade Middle School Speech Festival Student Registration Opens a New Window. 7th grade Middle School Speech Festival Student Registration Opens a New Window. 8th grade Middle School Speech Festival Student Registration
Video Submission Form (Due 4/20/21)
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Rules, Categories and Judging Form SampleSpeech Festival Awards Ceremony PDF Download Opens a New Window.
Stacie Arancibia email email email email email email email email email email email email email Events and Community Engagement Specialist
Phone: (209) 381-5910
Fax: (209) 381-6774
Patty Espinoza, Staff Secretary
Phone: (209) 381-6608
Office: Downtown PDC, 1715 Canal Street, Merced
Mailing Address: 632 W. 13th Street, Merced CA 95341 (Attn: Stacie Arancibia or Events)
Regular Office Hours: M-F 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed for Lunch 12-1PM
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