Jenny Kwon, Lake Oswego's Amazing Kid, and 28 other honorees will be recognized at a special event May 8 for the contributions they make to their communities and the inspiration they provide for young and old alike.
In choosing each Amazing Kid honoree, the Pamplin Media Group's selection committee placed a heavy emphasis on volunteerism and the young people's efforts to make a difference in the lives of others.
All 29 honorees will also be featured in a 72-page Amazing Kids special section, which will publish next week in all Pamplin Media Group newspapers, including The Review.
"We're committed to showing our readers why we feel positive about the future of the communities we serve and the state of Oregon in general," says Pamplin Media Group President and Publisher Mark Garber. "These young people give us all a reason to be proud."
Months of work have gone into selecting the Amazing Kid honorees and telling their stories. But none of this would be possible without the support of numerous community-minded businesses and organizations who understand how important it is to recognize young people for their contributions.
"It's a great way to acknowledge all of the kids who are doing good things. There are a lot of kids out there doing really cool community-service projects, and they deserve to be recognized," says Stan Robinson, owner of Pacific West Roofing, which is the presenting sponsor of the 2017 Amazing Kids. "Pacific West Roofing takes great pride in recognizing all kids who do what they can to support their schools, communities, friends and families."
Kwon, Lake Oswego's Amazing Kid, is a 17-year-old Lake Oswego High School senior who coaches special-needs children and founded her own business — called Tough Cookies — that donates 60 percent of its sales to nonprofits. She is also involved in a host of school and community organizations and activities.
"I just think I've been given so much, and we often forget how much we are given," she says. "Not only does it help other people to give back, but I think it's really fun."
Kwon is sponsored by the Lake Oswego School District.
"I am always amazed by the accomplishments of so many of our students, who often don't get the recognition they deserve," said LOSD Superintendent Heather Beck. "We're grateful for the efforts of Pamplin Media Group and The Lake Oswego Review to celebrate our Amazing Kids and the contributions they make to our schools and our community."
The Pamplin Media Group's Amazing Kid event is presented by Pacific West Roofing and made possible by local businesses that believe in the value of giving back to their community. Other major sponsors include Coastal Farm and Ranch, EleMar of Oregon, Stonebridge Homes and The Closet Factory.
— The Review