Young, Gifted and Black 2017

  • The 2017 Young, Gifted and Black project highlights the benefits of persistence and hard work, and the realized potential that often accompanies high expectations. It has been said that education is the great equalizer of humankind - yet, in public education as in life, black children too often face cultural isolation, low expectations, negative stereotypes and racism. All are factors that adversely affect black student academic and personal success. The students represented as part of the Young, Gifted and Black project are a small representation of all the successful black students in PPS; this year we received well over 130 nominations. We must not minimize the significance of families and community members in the success of our honorees. They are an integral part of the success and achievement of our students.

    We must continue to work to create educational environments that are inclusive and equitable, and that reflect the varied experiences of the students and families we serve. We can and we must strive to ensure that a child's race is not a predictor of educational outcomes.

    Reiko Williams, family and community engagement manager for Portland Public Schools and curator of the Young, Gifted & Black tribute


     Young Gifted and Black Honorees 2017
    2017 Flyer

      Mariamou Abdoulaye
    Benson Polytechnic High School
    Yosha Auch-Kness
    Metropolitan Learning Center
    Chito Baleke
    Roosevelt High School
      Aliemah Bradley
    Jefferson High School
    Dominick Branch
    Grant High School
    Wesley Crawford
    Wilson High School
      Zawadi Doti
    Cleveland High School
    Matthew Dressa
    Benson Polytechnic High School
    Yvette Dumer
    Franklin High School
      Maya Fine
    Lincoln High School
    Donnell Hendrix
    Creston K-8 School
    Aojah Hill
    Roosevelt High School
      Sidney Jones
    Grant High School
    Adia Jones
    Jackson Middle School
    Gloria Kitanga
    Sellwood Middle School
      Brynn Ladd
    Wilondja Mashimango
    Madison High School
    Akil Mitchell
    Buckman Elementary School
      Florence Monique
    Robert Gray Middle School
    Michael Morgan
    Benson Polytechnic High School
    Mucai Muthubi
    Cleveland High School
      Dylan Palmer
    Grant High School
    Marquis Penn
    Grant High School
    Solianna Seid
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School PK-8
      Bobbie Steen
    Alliance High School
    Tehya Tate
    Franklin High School
    Henok Techeste
    Lincoln High School
      Alanna Valerio-Mendieta
    Mount Tabor Middle School
    Jazzmine Watkins
    Franklin High School
    Kamaria Watson
    Roosevelt High School