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 Preschool 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. In 2020-2021, we created a full virtual calendar and while participation was down a bit, many districts and schools still found a way to keep students involved.  Even in this virtual year, some of our local competition winners had​ 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 required changes to many of the student events, few were cancelled.  Many returned in 2021-2022 in an in-person or hybrid format.  We are excited for 2022-2023 and all the new ideas and opportunities that will come with these changes from things we learned over the past few years.  

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.

Learn more about our sponsors, the events, and how you can bring them to your school or district by

opening the catalog here.  If you want printed copies of the catalog, please email


CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE ​PDF OF 2​2-2​3 ​​CALENDA​R​​​​ (updated 12/9/22)​​​​​​​​

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

We love to showcase our events and students. If you would like to opt out, please complete this form.
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All dates and locations are subject to change to accommodate virtual or hybrid events as needed.
Emails will be sent to contact persons listed on the intent forms when changes are made.  ​

Stacie Arancibia Events and Community Engagement Specialist

Phone: (209) 381-5910

Patty Espinoza, Staff Secretary

Phone: (209) 381-6608

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                                                              Office: Downtown PDC, 1715 Canal Street, Merced

Mailing Address: 632 W. 13th Street, Merced CA 95341​ (Attn: Stacie Arancibia or Events)

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