Our Stars – Academic Achievement Team

2015 Academic Achievement Team is largest group ever

The 2013 Rising Stars Academic Achievement Team was honored at an event at Fortuna's River Lodge in April.

The 2015 Rising Stars Academic Achievement Team was honored at an event at Fortuna’s River Lodge in April.

The 21 high school seniors selected by their school administrators as members of the 2015 Academic Achievement Team were recognized by over 125 educators and family members at an awards ceremony held at Fortuna’s River Lodge on April 2. The event concluded with the naming of two Stellar Students, Eli Kahan from South Fork High School and Claire Robinson from Arcata High School. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Garry Eagles presented their awards. This marks the first time a student from South Fork High has been named a Stellar Student. Both Eli and Claire have received early admission to Stanford University.

stellarwinners-2015The average academic grade point average for the 2015 team is 4.32. Nearly $7,000 in scholarships were awarded, as each member of the Team was introduced by their principal or teacher and received a $300 scholarship, certificate, and pin. The two Stellar Student award winners each received an additional $200 scholarship and a special plaque to commemorate their selection.

This year’s event was truly celebrating local youth: the Culinary Clubs from Fortuna and Arcata high schools, led by teachers Stacy Chatfield and Tanya Trump, prepared and served the outstanding dinner; Fortuna High’s woodshop students, led by teacher Brett Roslosnik, created cutting boards made especially for the event for the appetizers and for families to take home; Fortuna High students Layla Dias and Michael Howton played guitar and sang as guests entered the event; and of course the 21 honorees themselves.

The 2015 Academic Achievement Team

Academy of the Redwoods
Kili Saveliff
Thomas Zagoria

Arcata High School
Jacob Barth
Hanna Burnett
Claire Robinson

Eureka High School
Emily Alston
Brendon Fischel
Alex Hutchins
Angelica Smullin
Jordan Thayer

Ferndale High School
Phoebe Ruggles

Fortuna High School
Alan Cuautle-Palafox
Doris Gonzalez

Hoopa High School
Joshua McKinight, Jr.

Mattole Valley Charter School
Jacob Fatseas

McKinleyville High School
Jasmine Allard
Nick Thomas

Northcoast Preparatory & Performing Arts Academy
Ricardo Taylor

St. Bernard’s Catholic School
Kevin Thao

Six Rivers Charter High School
William Askew, Jr.

South Fork High School
Eli Kahan