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Kern County Students Test Academic Skills

Small schools from rural Kern County recently came together at Piute Mountain School in Caliente for the annual Whiz Kids academic competition for seventh and eighth grade students, modeled after the high school Academic Decathlon.

Students from Belridge, Elk Hills, McKittrick, Midway and the Caliente School District participated. Thirty participants competed in four subjects — Math, Social Studies, Science and Essay, and also matched wits in the Super Quiz, with teams facing off against each other in TV game show style. Elk Hills claimed overall team victory, William Martin of Elk Hills won Essay, Lucia Diaz of Belridge won Social Studies, and McKittrick won the Super Quiz.

For history buffs, dozens of 4th through 12th grade students recently competed in the 30th annual Kern County History Day held at the Larry E. Reider Education Center. Entries included historical papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, Web sites and posters based on this year’s theme, “Turning Points in History.” Winners in each category are eligible to participate in California History Day, April 26 - 28 in Sacramento. State winners can advance to National History Day in June, held in Maryland.

Whiz Kids is sponsored by the competing schools, with logistical support from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office (KCSOS). Kern County History Day is presented and sponsored by KCSOS.

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