Congratulations to CHS student Grace Ramstad on receiving the Great Young Citizen Award from the City of Gresham. The award was presented Tuesday evening at the City Council Meeting. CHS Principal Kevin Ricker nominated Ramstad. After thanking Mayor Bemis and the City Council for the honor, she said, “I feel so honored that such notable leaders in my community consider to me to be great young citizen. Theodore Roosevelt once said, ‘The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.’ To me though, being a good citizen is so much more than that. Being a good citizen is being willing to do more than just pull your own weight. And doing so not for praise, but to help others who cannot necessarily do the same. That’s what I aim to do through so much of my work–help those who cannot necessarily help themselves. But not just pull their own weight for them, help them gain the skills they need to do so. Through my volunteer work at the Troutdale Library, I’ve gotten to see kids gain independence in their quest to become skilled readers. Through my work as a member of Centennial’s Future Business Leaders of America, I’ve gotten to support organizations that help individuals in my community get back on their feet and be independent. And through my work on the Multnomah Youth Commission, I’ve gotten to show young people how they can make a difference in their community and advocate for their rights and needs.”
She added, “I feel so fortunate that I’ve been in the position to help so many people and be a good citizen in my community. With two parents in education who’ve always wanted to provide me with a bright future, I’ve grown up with a lot of advantages. And being in the Centennial School District, a school district that is more dedicated to empowering and helping its’ students than any other I’ve been in, whether providing weekly after school tutoring or the annual unity week, I’ve always had opportunities to make that difference. I just wish that every child had the same advantages, the same support, and the same opportunities. But that’s something I can work towards. Because working towards making that a reality is what I believe being a good citizen is really about.” She ended by thanking her family for supporting her.
The City formally adopted the Great Young Citizen program in 1995. The program recognizes exemplary scholarship, citizenship and service to the community with an award presented in a ceremony at a Gresham City Council meeting. Award winners are chosen based on their ability to maintain good grades, demonstrate a positive attitude and be involved in their community.