• Young, Gifted and Black

    The 2011 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 successfull 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 2011
    Download a pdf of the 2011 Young, Gifted & Black honorees

      Warren Yoakum
    8th Grade
    Lane Middle School
    Academy at Harriet Tubman
    Hibaq Adan
    12th Grade
    Wilson High School
    Arielle Akanbi
    12th Grade
    Lincoln High School
      Shawntrell Carson
    2nd Grade
    King PK-8 School
    Nathaniel Carter
    12th Grade
    Benson Polytechnic High School
    Shaylah Crenshaw
    Kindergarten
    Roseway Heights K-8 School
      Dupree Elliot-Wright
    11th Grade
    Franklin High School
    Rashawn Fair 
    9th Grade
    Franklin High School
    Jaylin Freeman-Broadous
    12th Grade
    Grant High School
      Shanice Gay
    12th Grade
    Alliance at Portland Night School
    Robel Haile
    11th Grade
    Jefferson High School
    Daniel Halverson
    11th Grade
    Grant High School
      Mason Hawk
    12th Grade
    Benson Polytechnic High School
    Hamda Jama
    12th Grade
    Roosevelt High School
    Rachel Katz
    10th Grade
    Lincoln High School
      Naomi Likayi
    8th Grade
    Vestel K-8 School
    Julius Miller
    12th Grade
    Renaissance Arts Academy
    Ashleigh Miller-Hayes
    9th Grade
    Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women
      Jaya Probasco-Mitchell
    2nd Grade
    Beach K-8 School
    Lauren Reifer
    12th Grade
    Grant High School
    Eric Tamarr Stigler-Flores
    7th Grade
    Humbolt PK-8 School
      David Ward
    7th Grade
    Faubion PK-8 School
    Imani Whitley
    4th Grade
    Reike Elementary School
    Iceis White
    8th Grade
    Boise-Elliot PK-8 School
      Asma Mohamed Aba
    12th Grade
    Renaissance Arts Academy