Westside Union Pentathlon Team Takes Top Spot in State, Prepares for Nationals
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Westside Union Elementary School from the Los Banos Unified School District emerged as not only the top-performing team of the Merced County Academic Pentathlon, but also the highest-scoring team in the state and is invited to compete at the national competition.
The team of 12, made up of sixth graders, were against nine other teams from Orange County to Stanislaus County and earned the highest score in their division. Scores are tallied statewide to determine which team is eligible for nationals.
Since the national competition only includes seventh and eighth grade teams, Westside will compete as seventh graders. They are the first Merced County team to participate at the national level.
According to team coach and Westside Union Elementary School teacher Tammi Schultz, students began to prepare for the competition in November and studied hundreds of pages worth of material. Schultz added that students will not see most of the material again until high school.
At county competition, which concluded on April 29, Westside was named the top-scoring team out of 30 other teams and team member Max Menefee was named the competition's overall top-scoring student.
Menefee stated at the work was challenging but fun and went on to say that the Westside could not wait to go to nationals.
The national competition is the highest level of the Academic Pentathlon and provides the opportunity for students to showcase their academic abilities against other top-performing teams from across the country.
Westside will compete in the United States Academic Pentathlon on May 19 in Garden Grove.