This year’s Amazing Kids honorees truly are amazing – Pamplin Media Group

Posted By on August 18, 2020

Pamplin Media Group's Amazing Kids section will be published in the Portland Tribune the week of Aug. 17.

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, will our 2020 class of Amazing Kids.

The annual project of our parent company, Pamplin Media Group, usually culminates with a celebration at OMSI in May. But that wasn't possible this year with the virus and social distancing. 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. For instance, the emerging leadership seen in Aslan Newson of Portland, who, at 16, serves on her neighborhood 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."

The Amazing Kids section will appear in Pamplin Media Group papers, including the Tribune, the week of Aug. 17.

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