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Academic Tournaments

The Geography tournament for seventh graders features a written team test as well as an oral “Jeopardy” style quiz for one student from each team.

The Spelling tournament offers students in grades five through eight a chance to compete ending with the top students participating in an oral spelling “Bee”. Four top winners in the individual bees have the opportunity to go on to the State Elementary and Jr. High School spelling competitions.

The Writing tournament tests seventh and eighth grade students on their creative and letter writing skills as well as listening to a speaker and then writing a summary of the presentation. 

At the Speech tournament, students in grades four through eight deliver their well-practiced speeches. Later, the top three students make a final presentation before their parents, teachers and members of local Toastmaster groups.

These tournaments are made possible for area students thanks to community support. Local businesses pay for awards and food and individuals from county businesses volunteer their time. Because of the generosity of these groups and individuals, many students have had the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work.

TournamentDate & TimeRegistration DeadlineLocation
Geography (Grades 7 – Team Tournament)Oct. (Date TBD)Oct. 13Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
Geography ( Individual Bee)Oct. (Date TBD)Oct. 13Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
Spelling (Grades 5-6)Nov. 1Oct. 18Miners Foundry
Spelling (Grades 7-8)Nov. 2Oct. 18Miners Foundry
Writing (Grades 7-8) Jan. 18 Dec. 15Miners Foundry
Speech Prelims (Grades 4-8) March (Date TBD)Feb. 16Calvary Bible Church
Speech Finals (Grades 4-8) March (Date TBD)Feb. 16Nevada Theatre
STEAM Expo (Grades K-12)March (Date TBD)TBDTBD
TechTest Jr. (part of STEAM Expo)March (Date TBD)TBDTBD


For academic tournament registrations, please contact Olivia Carson
Phone:  530-478-6400 x. 2008
Email: Refer to staff directory