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!


​​Event Name​

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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

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​​    ​

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​​

2018-2019 Outlines

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 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​
Courtroom Artist Competition​
​​Courtroom Jour​​n​alist Competition​
Award Ceremony

California Mock Trial​​ (Winning Team Advances)

February 5, 2019 &

February 12, 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
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 1, 2019

March 13-19, 2019 

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

MCOE Complex

STEM Fair (T​K-12) 

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

STEM Intent Form​    

Project Da​ta Sheet​   

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 6, 2019

April 29-30 2019

UC Merced

Los Angeles, CA

California Science Center​

Dinner with a Scientist (Grades 6-8)​

DWAS Registration Link​​​

March 14, 2019

UC Merced
4:00PM - 7:30PM

Academic Pentathlon Intent Form​​​       

Scrimmage Proctor Release Form​       

Competition Forms​​​​

GPA Worksheet​ ​                              

Team List                                              

Volunteer Form​ (4 per team required)​​ 

Pentathlon Info​rmation Packet and Rules

18-19 Novel O​rder 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 Flyer
Speech Festival Information Packet and Topics​​

Speech Fes​tival 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 Regis​tration Form​  

May 20-24, 2019
UC Merced-Lakireddy Auditorium
Father of the Year (TK-12)​​

Father of the Year Infor​mation an​d Entry Forms​​ ​ 

June 11, 2019

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

​​Od​essa Osby Administrative Clerk​​​

Phone: (209) 381-4568​


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​​                                                                             632 West 13th Street, Building J-1

                                                                                         Merced, CA  95341

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

                   Summer Office Hours: M-Th 7:30AM to 5PM​, F 7:30AM to 11AM​