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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.
Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunites are available. If interested, please contact our office for more information.
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Science Fair Competition (Grades 5-12) *Qualifier for California Science & Engineering Fair (6-12 only)
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Stacie Arancibia email email email email email email email email email email email email email Events and Community Engagement Specialistsarancibia@mcoe.org
Phone: (209) 381-5910
Patty Espinoza, Staff Secretary
Phone: (209) 381-6608
Office: Downtown PDC, 1715 Canal Street, Merced
Mailing Address: 632 W. 13th Street, Merced CA 95341 (Attn: Stacie Arancibia or Events)
Regular Office Hours: M-F 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed for Lunch 12-1 PM
Summer Hours - Closed Friday
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