Amazing Kids deliver as promised
Sandy's Dylan Kenney among recipients of prestigious award
Following a passion especially one for community service can inspire others and build a brighter future.
That was the message from former Portland Trail Blazer Terry Porter to the Pamplin Media Groups 2016 Amazing Kids honorees. The regions 25 recipients of the annual recognition were celebrated at a gala event featuring Porter on Monday in Portland.
Hopefully you guys will inspire other young kids to come along with you, Porter said. I think our future is in tremendous hands and I think these guys have done a tremendous job of starting their young lives out.
The former Blazer, who broke several records during his 17-year NBA career, gave the kids a basketball analogy.
Every community in the state of Oregon is a team and we are all players on that team, Porter said, encouraging them to work together. When we do that, everyone wins.
Among the young people on the Amazing Kids roster was Dylan Kenney, who lives in Gresham and attends Sandy High School.
The 2016 Amazing Kids, their families and supporters got a chance to mingle with Pamplin Media Group reporters, editors and staff, as well as sponsors and celebrities at the event hosted by Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, an event sponsor.
Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, said people often talk about kids who are making the wrong choices, but this was a chance to highlight kids with an ethic of community service.
Here, were celebrating kids making good choices, Johnson said. I think this is a wonderful way to celebrate young people in our community.
The parents of Anna Seely, the Lake Oswego Reviews 2016 Amazing Kid, said they wouldnt have missed it for the world.
Were just super proud of Anna and what shes accomplished the last 18 months, said her mother, Kim Seely.
Weve always thought that shes pretty fantastic, pretty amazing, said Paul Carlson, father of the Canby Heralds 2016 Amazing Kid AdriAnne Carlson. But now the world can see it, too.
Deepak Vijay, the Hillsboro Tribunes 2016 Amazing Kid, said he felt that the event was very prestigious.
Its really nice to have recognition and meet with other Amazing Kids, Vijay said.
His mother, Kowsalya Vijay, said her son is so busy, he doesnt tend to look for accolades. I always felt like he needed recognition, and this big appreciation came his way, so its really nice, she said.
For Madras Pioneer 2016 Amazing Kid Gavin Begay of Warm Springs, the suit-and-tie, catered affair at the Theory Eatery was a new experience.
Im used to being recognized by Native Americans, but not other ethnicities, I guess, Begay said. Its a different but good experience.
Amity Humphery of Tualatin said she was nervous while getting ready for the event, but she was happy to be recognized for her fundraising work for an orphanage in China. The 9-year-old vowed to continue doing service projects.
The events major sponsors included Fred Meyer, who recognized each Amazing Kid with a $200 gift certificate.
Think youve got an Amazing Kid? Your hometown newspaper will start taking nominations again in February 2017.