Mya Gordon - 2020 Student Recipient
Mya Gordon demonstrates leadership and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion at Lakeridge High School and in the community. She founded the Lakeridge High School Equity Council, serves as a Co-Chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee to the Lake Oswego School Board, and is an active member of the Black Student Union. She is passionate about supporting the district and the city in creating a more inclusive community. In her work on the DEI Advisory Committee, Mya has engaged in courageous conversations about race and racism. She has contributed to the creation of the Lake Oswego School District equity policy, and has actively reviewed curriculum for cultural relevancy. One of her nominators said that Mya is an inspirational leader in that she is able to participate in challenging conversations with grace, eloquence, and maturity beyond her years.
Anna-Marie Guenther and Ella Feathers - 2020 Student Recipient
Anna-Marie and Ella are climate activists, passionate and committed advocates for sustainability. They have both served on the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Lake Oswego City Council and have been outspoken in their efforts to promote climate action at the city level. Both are active members of the Lakeridge High School Green Team and have worked tirelessly toward having Lakeridge certified as an Oregon Green School. Anna-Marie and Ella were at the forefront of local activities in conjunction with a global climate strike by young people to focus attention on the climate crisis. On December 6, Anna-Marie and Ella, joined by thirty of their fellow students, demonstrated at City Hall and participated in a question and answer session with City Council members. Their key point in that meeting was that Lake Oswego must promote more active sustainability policies.
Sera Lew - 2020 Student Recipient
Sera Lew was a co-founder of the Lake Oswego High School Diversity Council. By organizing events, participating on panels, and hosting open meetings every month, the Council fosters stronger bonds and understanding within the community. At those monthly meetings, members brainstorm ideas of how to bring more awareness of diversity to their fellow schoolmates. The Council sponsored a major event in September, “This is Us Day.” An entire school day was dedicated to talks, lectures, and activities for students. She helped recruit students, teachers, members of the local community, and a celebrity speaker to lead these presentations.