Presenting the Amazing Kids Class of 2020
The Class of 2020 will forever be associated with a global pandemic and its disruptive impact on students, particularly high school and college seniors.
So, too, with our 2020 class of Amazing Kids.
The project, which usually culminates with a celebration at OMSI in May, was postponed because of the virus. We briefly considered skipping a year, but our employees — from sales representatives to beat reporters — urged us to go forward. And it’s a good thing we did.
For in these days where hope and inspiration seem to be in short supply, we have plenty to share.
There’s the determination of Jose Luis Pasaye Marcelo, of Gresham, one of those high school seniors who’s had to deal with a host of challenges in 2020. Yet, come fall, he will be the first in his family to attend college, thanks to a bevy of scholarships that recognize his academic achievements and community service. His advice to other young Oregonians: “First you have to find yourself. I was trying to be someone I wasn’t. Find your passion and follow that and find people with the same passion.”
There’s the energy of 13-year old Alayna Neville, of Powell Butte, who is training Luna, a wild mustang yearling, for fall competition. But don’t try and praise her for their success. “I don’t think it’s as much me,” she says, “it’s more Luna because she is so smart.
There’s the emerging leadership seen in Aslan Newson of Portland, who, at 16, serves on her neighbor association board, is president of the Wilson High School Black Student Union, and has worked with the Anti-Defamation League to offer anti-bias training to incoming first-year students.
“I do get exhausted and burnt out, but I have the privilege of being able to stand up for my community in ways my ancestors did not,” says Aslan, whose mother is Native American and father is African American. “I think about them and what they fought for.”
We call this publication “Amazing Kids,” knowing that some of the young people profiled are more mature than many adults. A few years back, we asked some of the older honorees if they minded the label. They assured us it was fine. While some in the Class of 2020 may not be kids, they all, in their own ways, are amazing.
PROUD SPONSORS OF THE 2020 AMAZING KIDS
KIDS HERO SPONSOR
Beaverton – The Times – Bob Lanphere’s Beaverton Motorcycles
Canby – Pioneer-Herald – The Human Bean
Clackamas – Clackamas Review – Weston Dealerships
Clackamas County – Clackamas Review – OSU Extension Service – Clackamas County
Cornelius – The News-Times – ACE Hardware and Van Dyke Appliance
Estacada – Estacada News – Weston Dealerships
Gladstone – Clackamas Review – Clackamas County Office of Sustainability
Gresham – The Outlook – Gresham Ford
Gresham – The Outlook – Weston Dealerships
Happy Valley – Happy Valley Monthly – City of Happy Valley
Hillsboro – The News-Times – Darcey Edwards, Edwards Realty Trust
Lake Oswego – Lake Oswego Review – Broadway Furniture
Madras – Madras Pioneer – Central Oregon Community College
Molalla – Herald Pioneer – Willamette Egg Farm
Newberg – Newberg Graphic – Willamette Valley Medical Center
Oregon City – Oregon City News – Oregon Impact
Portland – Portland Tribune – Best Friends Veterinary Medical Center
Portland – Portland Tribune – Oregon Zoo
Prineville – Central Oregonian – Central Oregon Community College
Sandy – Sandy Post – Suburban Auto Group
Scappoose – Columbia County Spotlight – Guild Mortgage
Sherwood – Sherwood Gazette – Sherwood Auto Repair
St. Helens – Columbia County Spotlight – Michael Ismert Insurance
Tigard – The Times – Landmark Ford
Tualatin – The Times – City of Tualatin
West Linn – West Linn Tidings – Mattress World NW
Wilsonville – Wilsonville Spokesman – Oregon Institute of Technology
Woodburn – Woodburn Independent – Coastal