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Academic Competitions

Mock Trial Mock Trial Competition takes high school students to the heart of the justice system. Students acquire critical thinking skills and an in-depth understanding of our judicial process as they study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, and role play at the trial. Mock Trial is a partnership with the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Santa Cruz legal community which emphasizes the development of students’ analytical and critical thinking skills.
Contact: Michael Paynter, (831) 466-5729
Find out more about Mock Trial.

Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair
March 10 & 11, 2017, location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, (School Registration Deadline - Nov. 18, 2016, Student Registration Deadline - Feb. 10, 2017)
The Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair provides a competitive academic opportunity for students in grades 4-12. Students design individual or team science projects and compete for awards, scholarships and prizes. Top award winners represent Santa Cruz County at the California State Science Fair (TBD) and International Science and Engineering Fair (TBD).
Contact: Adam Wade, (831) 466-5812

Spelling Bee
February 4, 2017, at UCSC - Classrooms 1 & 2, (Registration Deadline – January, 20)
In partnership with Newspapers in Education/The Sentinel and UCSC, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education coordinates the annual Spelling Bee. Students in grades 4-6 and 7-9 compete locally. Winners from each grade level go to regional and state competitions.
Contact: Laurie Stewart
Find out more about Spelling Bee.

Student Authors' Fair
May 6, 2017
Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Reading Association and the Santa Cruz COE, the Student Authors’ Fair encourages students to write and illustrate their own books. Students are recognized by the community during the Authors' Fair. There is no judging or censorship at the Fair. Every book entered receives an Award Certificate. High quality and exciting displays of students' writing are encouraged. Be creative!
Contact: Peggy Marketello, (831) 423-0782
Find out more about Student Authors' Fair.

Math Contest,
April 29, 2017, at Aptos High School, (Registration Deadline – April 14)
The Math Contest provides students in grades 5-8 with both a team competition and an individual test format. The team competition requires students work together using problem-solving strategies, showing work and providing clear and detailed explanations. The individual test for all grade levels uses a free response format. The 8th grade test includes questions that reflect state requirements for 8th grade Algebra. Students receive certificates of participation and contest winners receive achievement medals.
Contact: Laurie Stewart, (831) 466-5802
Math Contest web page

California Forestry Challenge
Wednesday through Saturday, November 16 to 19, 2016, at Redwood Christian Park, Boulder Creek
Find out more here.

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The Santa Cruz County Office of Education provides quality educational programs and services to a diverse community.