Front row (L-R):  Arman Abassi, John Gerving,  Sadie Cronin, Jasmine McKinght, Linea Vizenor,  Ally Morris,, Skyler Burlison
Back row (L-R):  Amara Kelly, Rebecca Barnett, Mathilde Macdonald, Anneli Macdonald, Raven Alvarez, Samantha Gaiera, Korbyn Turney, Perrin Turney, Zoe Macknicki, Rebecca Circe, Amaya Bechler, Calvin Sway

The 35th Annual Humboldt County Doris Niles Science Fair was held March 12-16 at Humboldt State University.  Students in 4th through 12th grade from over 30 Humboldt County Schools entered over 300 projects. Projects covered a variety of categories including: Life Science – Animals, Life Science – Botany; Earth/Space Science; Math/Engineering/Inventions; and Physical Science.

The Awards Ceremony was held at Lumberjack Arena March 16, where 120 medals and special awards were given to students from throughout the county.  Judges also selected 19 Grand Prize winners from 8 local schools to represent Humboldt County at the California State Fair Competition in Los Angeles in April:

  • Ally Morris, 6th Grade, Pacific Union School
  • Sadie Cronin, 6th Grade, Jacoby Creek School
  • Jasmine McKnight, 6th Grade, Jacoby Creek School
  • Arman Abbassi, 7th Grade, Jacoby Creek School
  • John Gerving, 7th Grade, Jacoby Creek School
  • Rebecca Barnett, 7th Grade, McKinleyvlle Middle School
  • Zoe Macknicki, 7th Grade, Kneeland Elementary School
  • Raven Alvarez, , 7th Grade, Jacoby Creek School
  • Korbyn Turney, 7th Grade, Kneeland Elementary School
  • Linea Vizenor, 7th Grade, Pacific Union School
  • Skyler Burlison, 8th Grade, Jacoby Creek School
  • Samantha Gaiera, 8th Grade, Sunny Brae Middle School
  • Rebecca Circe, 8th Grade, Kneeland Elementary School
  • Amara Kelly, 8th Grade, Pacific Union School
  • Calvin Sway, 8th Grade, Jacoby Creek School
  • Anneli Macdonald, 8th Grade, Jacoby Creek School
  • Mathilde Macdonald, 8th Grade, Jacoby Creek School
  • Amaya Bechler, 9th Grade, NPA
  • Perrin Turney, 12th Grade, Six Rivers Charter

Several of these winners were selected to compete at State Science Fair previously.  Rebecca Barnett, Raven Alvarez Samantha Samantha Gaiera, Calvin Sway, Anneli Macdonald, Mathilde Macdonald, and Perrin Turney will be returning to the State Competition again this year to represent Humboldt County. Some 1,000 students from 425 schools throughout the state will participate in Los Angeles.

Superintendent Chris Hartley with rotary checkSuperintendent of Schools, Dr. Chris Hartley stated, “Since 1984 students in Humboldt County have been involved in the Science fair which offers a project based learning experience that truly makes learning come to life! The program proves that there are so many skills learned though project based learning, not only the “scientific” process but other skills like time management, organization, problem solving and the power of creativity and being an independent learner.”

The Humboldt County Office of Education’s Rising Stars Foundation, Rotary Club of Eureka, and Humboldt State University are major sponsors of the Humboldt County Science Fair, and local businesses, organizations, and individuals help provide funding to students for travel to the State Science Fair.  The County Science Fair involves 120 volunteer judges who evaluate the projects, interview students, and assign awards.