Local Students Named State History Champions, Advance to Nationals

The Humboldt County Office of Education's Rising Stars Foundation supported 72 Humboldt County History Day champions to compete at California State History Day, held May 6-7, in Rocklin. With a 2017 theme of “Taking a Stand in History”, over 1,200 top history students from throughout the state participate in the rigorous competition that featured multiple rounds.

Ultimately, a total of 27 local students – the largest number ever - earned recognition (last year’s number was 14), including State Champions Gavin Brooks and Conner Johnson, 8th graders from Zane Middle School, for their project titled, “Sun & STAX: Record Labels That Defied Segregation and Created Integrated Classics”. Brooks and Johnson will travel to the University of Maryland to compete at National History Day June 11-15.

Please click the link below for a list of all Humboldt students who received recognition at State History Day.


In addition to the Rising Stars Foundation, other local organizations/individuals who sponsored student travel to Rocklin were Fortuna Sunrise Rotary, Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise, Humboldt County League of Women Voters, Humboldt Sponsors, Emmett Till African American History Award, John H. Gross Native American Award, and Alex & Andrea Enyedi.

Each February, hundreds of students in 4th grade through high school compete in Humboldt County History Day, held at Humboldt State University. Through the process of researching and preparing creative and original History Day projects, students learn and analyze issues, ideas, people and events in history and apply that knowledge to their projects, reflecting that year’s National History Day theme. Students can participate individually or in groups, and up to 100 students are selected as Co-Champions each year.

The Rising Stars Foundation is a non-profit program established to promote and recognize excellence. In addition to 10 countywide events, the Foundation sponsors related travel to regional, state, and national events. Ongoing community donations of any amount are appreciated, and 100% of every tax-deductible dollar donated goes directly to benefitting local students.

To directly support Gavin and Conner’s trip to National History Day, please contact Rising Stars Foundation Managing Director Colleen Toste at 707-445-7164 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the Foundation, visit humboldtrisingstars.org and facebook.com/RisingStarsFoundationHCOE.

Original Article: http://www.humboldt.k12.ca.us/pressrel.php?recid=555&cachebuster=1495126385

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