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. 

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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





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