Rising Stars 

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Each spring, the local nonprofit Rising Stars puts together its Academic Achievement Team, taking nominations from every local high school’s senior class. Students are chosen based not only on their academic records, but also on their involvement with their communities and ability to translate academic skills to other aspects of life as volunteers, activists and agents of change. This year, Rising Stars chose 21 students (including the three profiled in this week’s cover story), with an average grade point average of 4.32. Meet Humboldt County’s 2015 Academic Achievement Team:
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Jasmine Allard, McKinleyville High School, San Francisco State University
Emily Alston, Eureka High School, Union College
William Askew Jr., Six Rivers Charter High School, University of Illinois
Jacob Barth, Arcata High School, Oberlin College
Hanna Burnett, Arcata High School, University of California San Diego
Alan Cuautle-Palafox, Fortuna High School, University of California Merced
Jacob Fatseas, Mattole Triple Junction High School, St. Mary's College
Brendon Fischel, Eureka High School, Carleton College
Doris Gonzalez, Fortuna High School, Brown University
Alex Hutchins, Eureka High School, Cornell University
Eli Kahan, South Fork High School, Stanford University
Joshua McKnight Jr., Hoopa Valley High School, Oregon State University
Claire Robinson, Arcata High School, Stanford University
Phoebe Ruggles, Ferndale High School Pennsylvania State University
Kili Saveliff, Academy of the Redwoods, Humboldt State University
Angelica Smullin, Eureka High School, University of California Davis
Ricardo Taylor, Northcoast Prep Academy, University of California Los Angeles
Jordan Thayer, Eureka High School, California Polytechnic University
Nicholas Thomas, McKinleyville High School, Humboldt State University
Thomas Zagoria, Academy of the Redwoods, St. Anne's College, Oxford
Kevin Zhao, St. Bernard's Catholic High School, University of Southern California
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Jasmine Allard, McKinleyville High School, San Francisco State University

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