Young, Gifted and Black

2014 YGB Honorees

Mohamad Abdalla - Markham K-5 School
Mohamed Abdulahi - Rosa Parks K-5 School
Michael Belcha - Jefferson High School
Javon Carter - Javon Carter
Shatoria Cherisme - Franklin High School
Robert Collins - Jason Lee K-8 School
Toriandre Givens - Woodlawn PK-8 School
Enora Hall - Trillium Charter School
Taylor Hall-Debnam - Roosevelt High School
Alexandra Harrison - Roosevelt High School
Mykia Hernandez-Taylor - Metropolitan Learning Center
Hawi Hussen - Roosevelt High School
Benjamin Kitoko - Roosevelt High School
Kumasi Luckett - Madison High School
Fatuma Mohamed - Scott K-8 School
Linnea Rohdin-Bibby - Lincoln High School
Tanysha Ross - Grant High School
Khadija Salah - Cleveland High School
Talia Sanders - Sabin PK-8 School
Danielle Thomas - Madison High School
Kinji Tlehhema - Harrison Park K-8 School

Twenty-one outstanding PPS black students will be honored at the Fifth Annual Young, Gifted and Black recognition event May 14 at the Blachard Education Service Center.

Students, ranging from kindergarteners through seniors in high school, are nominated by their school counselors, teachers and principals for distinguishing themselves as leaders, students and citizens. A PPS team selects the finalists.

"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," said Reiko Williams, former director of School-Family Partnerships and founder of the Young, Gifted and Black recognition. "We look forward to celebrating their achievement with the greater Portland community."

The May 14 ceremony will include a keynote speaker, music, presentation of certificates, gallery of student portraits by Marquis Stoudamire, and refreshments.

Download a pdf of the 2014 Young, Gifted & Black honorees