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'Amazing Kid' to be honored with others at Monday gala

Pamplin Media Group hosts celebration to highlight youths' contributions

Hillsboro resident and Glencoe High School sophomore Deepak Vijay has more responsibilities than most adults — and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Deepak knows that his hard work will pay off and help him achieve his goals, which is just one reason we think Deepak is amazing.

Each spring, the Pamplin Media Group honors two dozen youth like Deepak throughout Oregon. These “amazing kids” are selected by their local newspapers based on nominations submitted by community members. 

Next Monday the honorees will take part in a special celebration in Portland, made possible by generous sponsors, including Coastal Farm and Ranch, KeyBank, Mattress World, Inspired Results and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry — which is again hosting the event. This year’s keynote speaker is Portland Trail Blazer legend Terry Porter, who was recently named the University of Portland men’s basketball coach.

In addition, Deepak and the other 2016 Amazing Kids will be featured in a special section that will be inserted into next week’s edition of the Hillsboro Tribune.

That section supported by several local businesses and organizations, including the Hillsboro Tribune’s local sponsor, Metropolitan Pediatrics. 

“In reading through these profiles, I found common themes,” said Shasta Kearns Moore, who edited the section. “These young people find joy in service to others, particularly around sharing their passions with those less fortunate. This compassion for friends, family, neighbors and strangers is not a chore to these kids — something to check off the college-entrance list — but, rather, something they genuinely enjoy.”

We, in turn, enjoy participating in this annual project, letting the rest of the state know about the wonderful young people in the Hillsboro.  Be sure to pick up your copy of the Hillsboro Tribune next week and read more about Deepak — and other “amazing kids” throughout the state.