Young, Gifted and Black

2013 YGB Honorees

Shyann Montgomery - Irvington
Amelie Baker - Skyline K-8
Anthony Ross - Benson High School
Bona Namegabe - Lincoln High School
Cade May - Grant High School
Dae'Onna Kang-Clark - Benson Polytechnic High School
Damir Collins - Buckman Elementary
Dontae Campbell - Alliance High School at Meek Campus
Douglas Goldsby - Open Meadow High School
Isaac Kelly - Roosevelt High School
Jada McClendon - Benson Polytechnic High School
Kane Brock - Boise-Eliot/Humboldt
Keenan Jameson - Winterhaven Math, and Science Focus Option K-8th
Keyaira Rentie - Grant High School
Kimberly Dessou - Bridger Elementary
Lashaun Emile - Vestal K-8
Lauren Steele - Jefferson High School
Leroy Brandon - Roosevelt High School
Mya Chimienti-Poydras - Creative Science School
Nabila Hersi - Markham School
Quinn Nottage - Franklin High School
Rueben Cottingham - Madison High School
Simogne Hudson – Cleveland High School
Simone Frison - Roosevelt High School
Abel Getachew - George Middle School
Torrance Darcus - Beach

Dear PPS Community,

Thank you for taking the time to nominate an outstanding Portland Public Schools student for the Young, Gifted and Black project. We received more than 135 student nominations from kindergarten through 12th grade. Making decisions about students who would be recognized as part of the 2013 photo-gallery was not easy, but we are pleased to announce that we have selected 25 finalists.

Young, Gifted and Black is a program aimed at highlighting the success of Black students throughout PPS and this year we will be recognizing some of our most distinguished students and their families. Students will be photographed by a professional photographer, Marquis Stoudamire, and will be interviewed by a former Oregonian reporter Wade Nkruhmah. Their photographs and inspiring stories will be shared with students, family and community members throughout Portland. Our goal is to recognize the names of all nominated students in the YGB booklet and on the YGB web page. By highlighting and promoting student success, we create another vehicle for inspiring other students. We thank you for all that you do to encourage student success.

As part of the recognition program, honorees, their parents, PPS staff and community members are invited to attend a ceremony at the Blanchard Education Service Center of Portland Public Schools, located at 501 N. Dixon Street on Wednesday, April 17, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The ceremony will include a full program including a keynote speaker, music, presentation of certificates, beverages and hors d’ouerves.

Thank you for all for your support and we look forward to working together to continue promoting student success.


Reiko Williams
Program Director, School-Family Partnerships
Portland Public Schools

Download a pdf of the 2013 Young, Gifted & Black honorees