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Local Students Gear Up For Academic Pentathlon
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Oakdale Junior High School Academic Pentathlon advisor Derek Gustafson, back left, will take the team to compete this weekend in the 13th Annual Stanislaus County Academic Pentathlon. - photo by Photo Contributed

Stanislaus County junior high school students are gearing up for the 13th Annual Stanislaus County Academic Pentathlon, including pentathletes from Oakdale Junior High School.

Approximately 150 students are slated to participate in the one-day series of tests, speeches and essays. The public is invited to attend the culminating event, the Super Quiz and Awards Presentation, on Saturday, April 29 at Prescott Junior High School, 2243 West Rumble Road, Modesto. There is no charge for admission. The Super Quiz will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Omega Nu and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, the Pentathlon promotes scholastic achievement and interschool competition in academics. In the Pentathlon, seventh and eighth graders compete as individuals and as team members in Speech and in a series of five tests in subject areas including Mathematics, Fine Arts, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.


Participating schools send a total of nine members to serve as the core team – three students, in each of three categories, based on grade point averages. Schools may send as many alternate team members as they choose. Categories include Honors, 3.80-4.00 GPA; Scholastic, 3.25-3.79 GPA; and Varsity, 0.00-3.24 GPA. Eight local junior high schools are participating in this year’s event including: Blaker-Kinser, Creekside, Hickman, La Loma, Oakdale, Prescott, Turlock and Walnut Grove.