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Pamplin to Amazing Kids: make the world a better place

Newspaper group honors tomorrow's leaders with gala

Potential was in the air at a gala event honoring the 25 Pamplin Media Group 2015 Amazing Kids at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry May 6.

The honorees, ranging in age from 9 to 19, were feted with food, music and a presentation by Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., who owns the Portland Tribune. Pamplin is an experienced motivational speaker, averaging about 150 events per year, from the halls of the U.S. Senate to the Pentagon.

Pamplin’s message to the Amazing Kids was to contribute to society, to believe in themselves and to never give up.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we contribute,” he told the 20 attending students, their friends, family and staff from many of the 25 Pamplin Media Group newspapers.

“You’ve taken imagination and made it into a reality,” Pamplin said, encouraging the students to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and salespeople. “Everybody can sell themself, if they want to be a winner.”

The event was also attended by people from many of the sponsors of the Amazing Kids, companies such as OMSI, TriMet and Gresham Ford, which made the event possible.

Hillsboro’s 2015 Amazing Kid, Byron Greenlee, a senior at Liberty High School, was unable to attend the event due to Advanced Placement testing during the school day and a track meet in the afternoon. Byron, by the way, placed first in shotput, throwing 45 feet, 10.75 inches; and second in discus with a throw of 122 feet, 9 inches.

Byron was sponsored by the Hillsboro Hops, the city’s minor league baseball team. Team owners Mike and Laura McMurray will present Byron with a framed copy of last week’s story later this spring.

Terry Boyd, a KPAM-860 announcer, presided over the event and said the afternoon had given him a more positive outlook.

“I’m confident that with kids like this, the next 10 or 20 years in this country, we’re in great shape.”

The 64-page Amazing Kids section was released in Pamplin Media Group newspapers the week of May 4. Find a copy in your newspaper or online at publications.pmgnews.com/fpubs/amazing-kids-2015/.


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