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
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” (https://youtu.be/sYCnhYuNecw).
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
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
email@example.com. For more information about the Foundation, visit humboldtrisingstars.org