• Young, Gifted and Black

    The Office of School and Family Partnerships is proud to present the 2015 Young, Gifted, and Black honorees. This is the sixth year that we have conducted this celebration. Young, Gifted, and Black highlights Portland Public Schools’ and the community’s dedication to celebrate the success of our Black students. It’s crucial for every community to recognize its youth, our most precious gifts. When we uplift these accomplished young people, we uplift our entire community.

    Our recognition could not come at a more important time. The death of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, the unrest in Ferguson, Philadelphia and Baltimore reminds us of the perilous world our Young, Gifted, and Black honorees come of age in. That our honorees have remained focused, have maximized their intrinsic motivation and have made a firm commitment to excellence, is not only reassuring but galvanizing for our whole community. The journeys of our Young, Gifted, and Black students are an inspiration to us all.

    President Obama said, “I will never forget that the only reason I’m standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky. Stood up when it was hard. Stood up when it wasn’t popular. And because that somebody stood up, a few more stood up. And then a few thousand stood up. And then a few million stood up. And standing up, with courage and clear purpose, they somehow managed to change the world.”

    So it is not only just, it is right that we honor these incredibly gifted young people. Let us honor the families they come from, the teachers who inspired them, the community members who nurtured them. And as a community, let us continue to uplift and support, beyond this joyous celebration, our 2015 Young, Gifted, and Black honorees.

    Richard Gilliam
    Director
    Office of School and Family Partnerships Portland Public Schools

     

     


     Young Gifted and Black Honorees 2015
    Download a pdf of the 2015 Young, Gifted & Black honorees

      Chime CJ Ambus
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt PK-8
    Eighth Grade
    Kendall Berry
    Wilson High School
    Eleventh Grade
    Larry D.Brister, III
    Jefferson High School
    Twelfth Grade
      Kiara Davis
    LEP High School
    Eleventh Grade
    Jensen A. Ervin
    Self Enhancement Inc. Academy
    Seventh Grade
    Jurnee Evans
    George Middle School
    Eigth Grade
      Natashia Greene
    Roosevelt High School
    Twelfth Grade
    Brianna Hayes
    Grant High School
    Twelfth Grade
    Dreyme Jackson
    Benson Polytechnic High School
    Twelfth Grade
      Kaila Johnson
    Lincoln High School
    Twelfth Grade
    Traveon Johnson
    Sabin School PK-8
    Eighth Grade
    Lillie Jones
    Roosevelt High School
    Twelfth Grade
      Frances Chloe Jones-Whitman
    Metropolitan Learning Center
    Tenth Grade
    Michaella Joseph
    Cleveland High School
    Twelfth Grade
    Breonna Keller-Robbins
    Wilson High School
    Eleventh Grade
      Cinclair Mathies
    Mount Tabor Middle School
    Eighth Grade
    Chloee C.Riley
    King School PK-8
    First Grade
    Terrance Robinson
    Pioneer High School
    Tenth Grade
      Olai Scott
    Beach PK-8
    Fourth Grade
    David Smith-Myles
    Capitol Hill Elementary
    Third Grade
    Hunter Stewart
    Grant High School
    Twelfth Grade
      Alexis Whitney
    Benson Polytechnic High School
    Twelfth Grade
    Ruby-Faye Williams
    Sabin School PK-8
    Kindergarten
    Tsiyone Wolday
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt PK-8
    Second Grade