Gresham celebrates incredible kids
The city of Gresham honored some of the outstanding young citizens who make up the community during a reception at City Hall Tuesday evening, April 3.
With nominations from the local school districts, the city honored six Great Young Citizens, all of whom were able to meet with the mayor and city councilors. They enjoyed a celebration before the meeting with friends and family, and received gift cards from Target and Dutch Bros.
"This is a special time for youth to be engaged," said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. "We want you to go out and do amazing things, and then come back to this community."
The city has been honoring young citizens since 1995. This was the first year all were recognized at once, because it allowed the councilors to learn more about them. Each of the students were introduced by school faculty, and then had a chance to give a speech and thank their family and friends.
The 2018 Great Young Citizens were:
n Isabella Langston, Springwater Trail High School. Langston has spent time volunteering through her church to provide clothing and food to homeless members of the community. She has been heavily involved in student leadership, dances and community events.
n Jeremiah Waller, Reynolds Learning Academy. Waller was instrumental in organizing several student events, and embodies the ideals of his school, known by the nickname "The Mayor." He is helping organize graduation, and loves to mentor fellow students.
n Estephanie Garcia-Delgado, Barlow High School. Volunteers at the Salvation Army, Good News Clinic in Rockwood, and many other organizations. Garcia-Delgado loves to help others, assisting in the school's special needs classroom and as a soccer coach for special needs kids.
n Brian Koll, Centennial High School. Koll is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America program, where he planned and executed Hygiene for Humanity that provided 400 personal hygiene care packages for homeless students in the community. He is also an active member of the school band.
n Sang Dang, Reynolds High School. Volunteers at Legacy Hospital, Multnomah County Library and Portland Plunge, and serves as president of the Key Club. Dang also plays the violin and is the school symphony orchestra's concert master.
n Elway Simpson, Gresham High School is a three-sport athlete and Eagle Scout, who has earned more merit badges than any other in troop history. YMCA basketball referee, Junior Olympic water polo team, and Spanish Honor Society.