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Manteca Unified hosts academic pentathlon today, next week
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 Manteca Unified plays host to the 15th annual San Joaquin County Academic Pentathlon.

Today, seventh- and eighth- grade students from both public and private schools will test their knowledge and leadership skills at East Union High.

The event for sixth-grade students is planned for the following Saturday, May 9, at Manteca High.

Fifty-eight teams consisting of nine students will compete in the three events scheduled for those two days, including some 180 alternatives.

According to the San Joaquin County Office of Education, the Academic Pentathlon provides a less restrictive environment for learning where individual leadership, cooperation, and peer support are incorporated.

Team work is the heart of the Academic Pentathlon, with teachers and students putting forth a cooperative effort.

In the super quiz, groups of three students work together in search of finding the correct answers.

This year’s super quiz topics are:

• Seventh grade, “Structure, Function and Physical Principles in Living Systems.

• Eighth grade, “Astronomy – The Universe.”

• Sixth grade, “Shaping the Earth’s Surface, Structure, and Plate Tectonics, and Investigation and Experimentation.”

The literature selections are as followed:

• Seventh grade, “The Door in the Wall,” by Marguerite De Angeli.

• Eighth grade, “The Land,” by Mildred Taylor.

• Sixth grade, “Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze,” by Elizabeth Lewis.

The top individuals and teams will be awarded with medals, plaques and, in some cases, savings bonds (top 10 overall scorers).