McKittrick School Crowned Whiz Kids Champions at Annual Competition

Saturday February 24, 2024

Seventh and eighth graders from several rural Kern County School Districts came together on Friday, Feb. 23 to test their knowledge in math, science, history, and writing during the annual Whiz Kids competition, an Academic Decathlon-style event. The event concludes with a “Super Quiz” that questions students about a pre-selected novel. Participating schools included General Shafter, Maricopa, Piute Mountain, McKittrick, Midway, and Elk Hills.

2024 Results

Overall Team Results

1st — McKittrick
2nd —  Midway
3rd — Elk Hills

Team Category Winners

Science — Midway
Math — McKittrick
Super Quiz — McKittrick

Individual Results


1st — Chloe Milton / McKittrick
2nd — Julian Martinez / General Shafter & Aaron Mitchell / Midway (TIE)
3rd — Paysen King / Midway

Social Studies

1st — Sean Durkan / McKittrick
2nd — Max Hovsepan / McKittrick
3rd — Johnathan Luper / McKittrick

By Katie Avery

By Katie Avery

Katie Avery joined the Kern County Superintendent of Schools in 2023 as a Communications Specialist. As a former journalist and marketing professional, her passions include media and storytelling. Before joining KCSOS, Avery worked for various local TV stations as well as the health care industry.