South Fork senior Kamia Way stands with principal Cyndi Aguiar after receiving her academic achievement award. – Contributed

Earlier this month, 120 educators and family members honored the 16 local high school seniors selected as Humboldt County’s 2018 Academic Achievement Team at an awards ceremony in the Sequoia Conference Center.

According to the release, members of the team were selected based on their exemplary academic performance, significant involvement in extracurricular activities, proven leadership abilities, excellent communication skills and a displayed commitment to their community. The average grade point average for the team is 4.31, with one as high as 4.548.

According to a release from South Fork High School, Kamia Way was named the South Fork recipient.

“Kamia’s unassuming nature and dedication is something to be remembered,” the release stated. “In her time at South Fork High School, Kamia spent countless hours supporting the academic success of other through after school tutoring, refurbishing over 100 computers for the use by students throughout the district, and participating on numerous athletic teams.”

The release states that the event concluded with the naming of two Stellar Students, Haley Benbow of Fortuna Union High School and Jacob Smith of McKinleyville High School. The Stellar Students were selected by a panel of community members in recognition of their exceptional accomplishments and potential to make a significant impact in the future.

Each member of the Academic Achievement Team received a $300 scholarship, certificate, and engraved pen. The two Stellar Student award winners each received an additional $200 scholarship and a special plaque to commemorate their selection.

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