ARCATA- Students showed up to Humboldt State by the hundreds on Friday for the 34th Annual GATE Academy. About 800, fourth through eighth graders from across the county participated in the Gifted and Talented Education Academy. They kicked things off with performances from the Zane jazz band at the Van Duzer Theater. Shortly after the students participated in enrichment classes geared towards their personal interests. Community experts from various fields taught 60 different sessions throughout the day. The Rising Stars Foundation, Humboldt State University, and the Humboldt County Office of Education are all proud sponsors of this event.
"I think it's especially important that students get to choose their classes. It's a rather unique opportunity different from what they normally get in school. Where they get to choose something that’s of special interest to them. Hopefully something new they haven’t done before and get to try something different,” said, Julie Van Sickle, GATE Academy Coordinator.