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    You are cordially invited to attend the PPS 7th Annual Young Gifted and Black Tribute which will be held at the BESC (Blanchard Education Service Center) located at 501 North Dixon Street on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Young, Gifted and Black is a program aimed at highlighting the success of Black students throughout PPS; again this year we will be recognizing some of our most distinguished students and their families. Their photographs and inspiring stories will be shared with students, families and community members from throughout Portland.

    Through highlighting and promoting student success, we strive to create another vehicle for inspiring other students. Please join Portland Public Schools for our 7th annual Young, Gifted and Black ceremony. We received more than 130 student nominations from kindergarten through 12th grade. Making decisions about students who would be recognized as part of the photo-gallery was not easy, but we are pleased to announce that we have selected 28 finalists. The ceremony will include a full program including keynote speaker, Toya Fick, Executive Director of Stand for Children, music, presentation of certificates, beverages and hors d’oeuvres.


     Young Gifted and Black Honorees 2016
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      Marcus Jasiah Black
    King School PK-8
    Cole Blue
    Woodlawn PK-8
    Maya Brown
    Benson Polytechnic High School
      Rodney Dickens
    Alliance at Meek
    Jordan Joseph Gates-Williams
    Pioneer High School
    Malia Glover
    Harrison Park K-8
      Izaya Golden
    Roseway Heights K-8
    Fortune Gregory
    George Middle School
    Morgan Henley
    Franklin High School
      Zoe Holman
    Creston K-8
    Jaliyah Jointer
    Woodlawn PK-8
    Gameti Kalil
    Roosevelt High School
      Madina Keita
    Vernon K-8
    Jada Jewell Latin
    Jefferson Middle College for Advanced Studies
    Jamison Price II
    Laurelhurst K-8
      Khiarica Rasheed
    Grant High School
    Cecelina Robinson
    Cleveland High School
    Mayleena Robinson
    Franklin High School
      Anthony Sylvester
    Roosevelt High School
    Essence Taylor
    Beach K-8
    Julian Taylor
    da Vinci Arts Middle School
      Kennidee Teal
    Grant High School
    Mathias Thelus
    Grant High School
    Rachel Thompson
    Benson Polytechnic High School
      Rispa Vranka Wafula
    Jackson Middle School
    Charae Watson
    Jefferson High School
    Delana Wilkins
    Wilson High School
      Ja'Juan Yoakum
    King School PK-8