Livingston Middle School students took a number of honors this week as results of the 28th annual Academic Pentathlon sponsored by the Merced County Office of Education were announced Wednesday night.
Thirteen schools fielded 27 teams comprising 243 sixth- through eighth-graders. Forty volunteers assisted with the event held at Golden Valley High School.
Victoria Bradshaw, teacher and academic pentathlon coach at Livingston Middle School, said the school's 31-member pentathlon team won 45 awards. For the first time in the school's history, the seventh-grade history team won first place in the Super Quiz. The seventh-graders also placed second overall as a team.
Bradshaw said one of the school's seventh-grade honor students, Shivani Khosla, won first place in every subject and first place overall in the Honors Division.
Students from middle schools in Merced, Atwater, Planada, Le Grand, Hilmar and Los Banos participated. Each nine-member team has three members each in A, B and C grade levels.
Students' knowledge of literature, math, science and social science was tested along with the Super Quiz, which is a grade-level, relay-type competition.
MCOE officials said the pentathlon is a unique way of fostering scholastic excellence among students representing an array of personal and academic backgrounds.
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