• Young, Gifted and Black

    In its third year, the Young, Gifted and Black 2012 tribute continues to focus on telling a story of persistence, hard work and student success – success that has been highlighted as a model for all students.

    Since this program began in 2010, several hundred students have been nominated by classroom teachers, counselors, principals and community members. Graduating students have continued their education at colleges and universities throughout the country – Tuskegee, Penn State, Lewis & Clark College, Grinnell College and Portland State, among others. YGB students balance athletics, music, community service and other extracurricular activities demonstrating what is required to be a student scholar.

    The Portland Public Schools Board of Education adopted a Racial Educational Equity Policy in June 2011. That policy is intended to acknowledge race and address race-based disparities in student achievement. Young, Gifted and Black is intended to tell a counterstory; namely, the experience of black students is not monolithic, as is often portrayed in mainstream media. Black students come from diverse backgrounds and have myriad experiences, but they have a shared identity as black people representing the African diaspora.

    We are proud to share with you student success stories. Please join me in acknowledging all of this year's honorees as well as the nominees and wishing them continued success.

    Reiko Williams
    Program Director, Family Engagement
    Portland Public Schools

     Young Gifted and Black Honorees 2012
    Download a pdf of the 2012 Young, Gifted & Black honorees

      Shatoya Allen
    9th Grade
    Young Women's Leadership
    Academy at Harriet Tubman
    Mekai Anderson
    Beach PK-8 School
    Nohealani (Lani) Bannister
    Grade 7
    Astor K-8 School
      Jada Commodore
    Grade 5
    Chief Joseph PK-5 School
    Joseph Dessou
    Grade 11
    Franklin High School
    Hannah Dressa
    8th Grade
    Mt. Tabor Middle School
      Sekai Edwards
    8th Grade
    DaVinci Arts Middle School
    Breah Etherly 
    9th Grade
    Scott K-8 School
    Essence Fleming
    1st Grade
    Rigler K-8 School
      Angeleesha Frierson
    11th Grade
    Jefferson Middle College
    Ben Jackson
    11th Grade
    Jefferson Middle College
    Michael Joseph
    11th Grade
    Cleveland High School
      Stanley Mathabane
    12th Grade
    Lincoln High School
    Abriana McKinney
    12th Grade
    Benson high School
    Rayla Moore
    8th Grade
    Marysville K-8 School
      Michael Ninen
    8th Grade
    Sunnyside Environmental K-8 School
    Elijah Raiford
    7th Grade
    George Middle School
    Solon Sanders
    9th Grade
    Young Women's Leadership Academy at Harriet Tubman
      Izear Smith
    12th Grade
    Madison High School
    Jenesis Spires
    7th Grade
    Peninsula K-8 School
    Emanuel Washington
    4th Grade
    Buckman K-5
      Olivia Washington
    1st Grade
    Sabin PK-8 School
    Christylle Weeks
    8th Grade
    Jason Lee K-8
    Tyler White
    6th Grade
    Beverly Cleary K-8 School
      Ajeya Woods
    11th Grade
    Lincoln High School
    Hanan Yassin
    8th Grade
    Beaumont Middle School