Kudos 2011-12


McMillan Magnet Center won the silver medal in the 2012 National Academic Pentathlon, beating last year’s champion, Riverview School (WI) and placing behind Moniteau Middle School (PA).

This year’s theme was The Age of Empire. This is the first year Nebraska has competed in the USAD completion. The team is coached by Katrina Jacobberger-West. Academic Pentathlon is supported by the OPS Office of Gifted and Talented Education.

Academic Pentathlon Team 1

Academic Pentathlon Team 1


Academic Pentathlon Team 2

Academic Pentathlon Team 2


Individual medalists:

  • Music: Sam Planck, gold
  • Essay: Julius Buckner, gold; Elijah Sturek, silver
  • Science: Julius Buckner, silver
  • Social Studies: Sam Planck, gold ; Elias Rios,silver;
                                Eijah Sturek, silver; Julius Buckner, bronze;
  • Alex Sterling, bronze.
  • Mathematics: Elijah Sturek, gold, Christopher Kathka, bronze


The McMillan Pentathlon team consists of nine team members. The teams are divided into Honors, Scholastic, and Varsity students. Designation is made according to the student GPA.


The Academic Pentathlon consists of five tests:

  • Language/Literature: Students select one out of three prompts based on the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Students are allowed 50 minutes to complete their essay.
  • Math: 35 problems
  • Science: 50 questions.
  • Social Studies: 50 questions
  • Music: 50 questions

For more information, contact Katrina Jacobberger-West, McMillan Magnet Center, (402) 557-4500.


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