MEET THIS YEAR'S CLASS OF AMAZING KIDS!
Each year, Pamplin Media Group highlights students whom friends, family, teachers, or neighbors have deemed “amazing.” The first year we started this project, Shasta Kearns Moore and I edited each of the profiles.
One by one, we read stories about students whose accomplishments made getting good grades the lowest rung on the ladder. There were stories about students starting their businesses, helping friends, family and neighbors — all in addition to excelling in their studies.
On more than one occasion Shasta or I would look up from the profile we were reading and mutter something to the effect of, “Oh my, you should read this one!” Now, several years later, I’m editing the profiles of the 2023 class of Amazing Kids and having the same reaction I do every year — being simply amazed at what these future leaders are doing.
One is reaching out and helping people in the homeless community (page 54). Another is raising money to help a child with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (page 64). And still another is an accomplished violinist — at the age of nine (page 76).
On the one hand, reading about the accomplishments of these young people can make a person question whether they are doing enough to make a difference. But, on the other hand, it gives me great hope for the future of our communities, state and country.
Students such as these will become the next generation of leaders. The other aspect that stands out in these profiles is the amount of support they receive.
Friends, teachers, and, of course, parents play pivotal roles in supporting and encouraging these amazing students to excel. So, a big round of thanks should also go out to them.
And, of course, we here at Pamplin Media Group couldn’t do this work without the generous support of our advertisers in the communities we serve. So, please sit back, take some time, and read about some students already making a difference. — Vance Tong, Pamplin Media Group vice president
PROUD SPONSORS OF THE 2023 AMAZING KIDS
Aloha – Hydro Clean Environmental
Banks – Quail Valley Golf Course and Five Star Builders
Beaverton – Broadway Furniture
Canby – The Human Bean
Clackamas – Oregon State University Extension Services – Clackamas County
Cornelius – Robert Groves Smart Mortgage and Van Dyke Appliance
Estacada – Weston Dealerships
Forest Grove – Ace Hardware
Gresham – Multnomah Learning Academy
Gresham – Gresham Ford
Hillsboro – On Site Tire Pros
Lake Oswego – Little Kitchen Academy
Madras – Central Oregon Community College
Milwaukie – Northwest Primary Care
Molalla – Willamette Egg Farms
Newberg – Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Oregon City – Northwest Primary Care
Portland – Global Solariums
Portland – Oregon Institute of Technology
Prineville – Central Oregon Community College
Sandy – Mt. Hood Community College
Scappoose – Scappoose Sand & Gravel Co.
Sherwood – Sherwood Auto Repair
St. Helens – Michael Ismert Insurance and Richardson’s Furniture
Tigard – Landmark Ford
Tualatin – City of Tualatin
West Linn – Mattress World Northwest
Wilsonville – Killer Burger – Wilsonville
Woodburn – Woodburn Independent