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Canbys Amazing Kid says recgonition is just cool

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Despite the bright lights, cameras and pesky reporter's questions, James Hansen admitted to being a bit distracted on Monday

"My mind's on calculus right now," the Canby High junior explained. "We have an AP test tomorrow."STOCK PHOTO - James Hansen, a junior at Canby High School, was named Canby's Amazing Kid for the 2016-17 academic year.

Still, James took a break from school to head over to OMSI in Portland on May 8, where he and 29 other youth were honored by the Pamplin Media Group after being nominated by their communities as "Amazing Kids." The Monday event, made possible by 40 community and regional sponsors, featured an address by former Trailblazer Brian Grant and a brief summary of each kid's accomplishments.

"It's just cool," said James, who volunteers his time teaching chess to kids. "It's inspiring to see people younger than me doing even bigger things."