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 2018-2019 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 are excited for 2019-2020 to announce two new programs to the lineup...History Day and Poetry Out Loud.

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!

Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunites are available.  If interested, please contact Stacie at 209-381-5910 or

PDF of 19-20 Cale​ndar​

We love to showcase our events and students if you would like to opt out, please complete this form.

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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 Forms and More Information

​Sept. 20, 2019

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 10, 2019

Merced Fairgrounds

Elementary Spelling Bee (Grades 4, 5 & 6)​

CA State Elementary Spelling Bee ​- May 9, 2020 - Stockton, CA

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

Spelling​ Bee Flyer​​

Spelling Bee Study Suggestions

County Competition Rules

Spelling Bee Intent Form                      
Elementary Spelling Bee Registration     
Junior High Spelling Bee Registration    

December 4, 2019

December 5, 2019



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

Reservation Form  (Merced Performances Only)​

For Information on Los Banos Concerts: Contact LBUSD

January 17, 2020

Session 1
9:30 AM-10:20 AM

Session 2
11:30 AM-12:20 PM

January 16, 2020

Art Kamangar Center
at the Merced Theater

Pacheco HS-Los Banos

Academic Decat​hlon (Grades 9-12) 

2019-2020 Curriculum - In Sickness and In Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness

MCAD Scrimmage Registration

MCAD Intent Form                      

MCAD Competition Forms​
MCAD Essay Proctor Release

MCAD 2019-2020 Information Page

Madera Lecture Series Information/Registration

2019-2020 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 7, 2019

Round 2
ONLINE Essay Testing
December 20, 2019

February 1, 2020
Speech, Interview,
Objective Tests
8 AM - 3 PM

Super Quiz
3 PM - 4:30 PM

Awards Ceremony
7 PM

March 26-29, 2020


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 13, 2020


March 20-22, 2020


​Los Angeles, 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 - pdf
(Must be attached to back of student entry - facing out)

Writing Festival Submission Page (Teacher Form)

Writing Festival Handbook

Writing Festival Judging Guidelines

March 6, 2020

March 17-23, 2020 

Deliver Entries by Deadline


STEM Fair (TK-12)​ ​​

STEM Intent Form (due 1/31/20)​    

Project Data Sheet (due 2/14/20)  


Science Fair Competition (Grades 5-12)
*Qualifier for California State Science Fair (Grades 6-12)
Rules and Regulations
Project Allowances by District (Call 209-381-5910)

California State Science Fair

March 4, 2020

April 20 & 21, 2020

UC Merced

Los Angeles, CA​
​​NATIONAL HISTORY DAY - Merced County (Grades 4-12)

Teacher/Admin Orientation **Revised Date

History Day 101 - PD for Teachers and Coaches
OMS Registration Link​

2020 Themebook-Breaking Barriers in History

NHD-CA Rulebook - Includes Category Information

School Registration/Intent (Due 12/13/19)​

Project Entry Form (Due 2/7/20)

Judging Information - Video

For More Information:
National ​History Day - California​ 

National History Day

​March 14, 2020

Sept. 16, 2019

October 3, 2019

May 8-10, 2020

June 14-18, 2020

MCOE Complex

MCOE Complex

William Jessup University

University of Maryland

Dinner with a​ Scientist (Grades 6-8)

DWAS Registration Link​



Academic Pentathlon Intent Form       

Scrimmage Proctor Rele​ase Form​       

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

GPA Worksheet                               

19-20 AP Volunteer Form

Pentathlon Information Packet and Rules

19-20 Novel Order Form
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Curriculum and Content Standards


Important Links:
USAD Pentathlon Page

Academic Pentathlon Super Quiz and Awards Ceremony

Round 1

Round 2
March 18, 2020
March 19, 2020

April 4, 2020
Site Specific


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 20-24, 2020

April 29, 2020

Writing Festival Display and Awards

May 4-8, 2020

Merced Mall

UC Merced Opera for Children (Pre-3 Only)
"How to Be A Superhero" Flyer

Opera for Children Registration Form​  

May 18-22, 2020
UC Merced-Lakireddy Auditorium

Father of the Year (TK-12) ​

Father of the Year Information and Entry Forms​  

Entries Due April 3

June 16, 2020

Due to MCOE by 4PM

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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