Humboldt County Office of Education: Academic Achievement Team

Academic Achievement Team & Stellar Student Awards

Recognizing and showcasing the scholastic success of Humboldt County students

The Academic Achievement Program

For the past 17 years the Academic Achievement program has recognized approximately 25 outstanding high school seniors. Each fall, Humboldt County administrators are asked to nominate their top senior (s) based on their exceptional academic records, demonstrated application of their academic skills, and noteworthy involvement in leadership and community activities. 

Each candidate has demonstrated a commitment to learning and involvement both inside and outside the classroom. In their community they are volunteers, leaders, and agents for change. 

All the nominees are invited to complete an application, submit essays, and be interviewed to determine which student (or students) have achieved the exceptional designation of “Stellar Student.” In early Spring, HCOE hosts an Awards Ceremony to recognize and celebrate all Academic Achievement nominees and announce the Stellar Student (s). Roughly $8,000 in scholarships are presented, as each the nominee receives a $300 scholarship, the Stellar Student Award(s) provides an additional $200 scholarship. 

The Academic Achievement program provides a process of honoring the top performing students who achieve beyond their school community with monetary scholarships, community recognition, and validation of the young scholars’ successes. 

Collage of the 2023 Academic Achievement Team

Top row: Arman Abbassi. Kyra Alway, Rebecca Barnett, Olivia Biesecker, Lillian Chase-Rocha, Julia Davis, Brian Feuerman, Giovani Dolson Gonzalez. Second row: John Gerving, Anna Grimmett, Delaney Holland, Libby Johnston, Nathaniel Le, Nae-rew Martin, Alden Mauro, Taylee Mullins. Bottom row: Linh Nguyen, Olivia Perkins, Mariana Ramirez, Scarlett Robinson, Xavier Salazar, Sadie Smith, Tobias Swenson, Richard Wagner.

The 2023 Stellar Students - Giovani Dolson Gonzalez and Kyra Alway, with Superintendent Michael Davies-Hughes

2023 Stellar Student Award Winners: Giovani Dolson Gonzalez, McKinleyville High; HCOE Superintendent of Schools Michael Davies-Hughes; Kyra Alway, Arcata High

2023 Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 28
Sequoia Conference Center

Program Contact

Ann Marie Rocha
707-441-3954 | arocha@hcoe.org