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4th annual Young, Gifted and Black recognizes outstanding students

April 18, 2013

On April 17, PPS recognized some of its most distinguished black students and their families at the 4th annual Young, Gifted and Black celebration at the Blanchard Education Service Center. The normally drab office building was alive with energy and excitement as the 26 honorees, their families and community members took in the gallery of artful photos.

The Young, Gifted and Black event celebrated its fourth year of honoring the achievements of African American students at PPS.
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The gallery of photographs by Marquis Stoudamire captured the students in new, yet familar light. The smiles that friends and family may know so well, take on an added grace on the printed canvas.  A familiar furroughed brown now portrays a newfound seriousness in their personal endeavors.

The honorees, ranging from kindergarteners through seniors in high school, were chosen from 135 students nominated by their school counselors, teachers and principals for distinguishing themselves as leaders, students and citizens.

Reiko M. Williams, PPS director of School-Family Partnerships and founder and curator of the Young, Gifted and Black program notes, "In spite of the many barriers that continue to exist, black students at PPS continue to overcome hurdles and blaze uncharted trails in achieving school and life success. We look forward to celebrating their achievement with the greater Portland community."

To view the complete history of the Young, Gifted and Black celebration, visit the YGB web site.

 
 

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