Sharon Sherpa

Trust is a crucial component in all relationships, it creates a sense of security and dependability. Without trust there would not be a foundation for the success of a strong, reliable connection. When you meet someone for the first time, it is challenging to build trust but once you have gained that trust, maintaining it becomes much easier. This is because you have already built a strong foundation, which allows you to sustain that positive connotation of a trustworthy connection. With many emerging businesses, it is hard to identify credibility and the firm belief in its reliability.

The Better Business Bureau is a non-profit organization that focuses on building trust within the marketplace. They accomplish this by using an accredited business system that assigns rankings to businesses that have gained credibility and use dispute resolution procedures, which determine if a business or charity is reliable. This sense of dependability and security that theBBB provides consumers with, allows businesses that are honest and act with integrity to grow while continuing to promote trust.

Along with framing the importance of trust, ​The Portland Observer​ is a reliable publication that has been accredited by the BBB and have gained a credible reputation. ​ThePortland Observer​ is a publication that is dedicated to promoting cultural diversity and focus on bringing stories about education, law, politics, health, and justice to the readers and supporters.Being an Oregon based publication makes obtaining credible local news more accessible to readers. As media continues to grow, the chances of false news continue to increase and impact the society’s access to reliable news. With many publications that target people in order to profit or promote false stories, it is important to have sources that put the people first, and focus on presenting the public with true local stories.

With these credible sources that provide readers with local stories, communities are able grow and thrive by connecting through a trustworthy publication. ​The Portland Observer ​writes about immediate events, and local businesses, that not only educate readers but also promote cultural diversity. In media, there is often a lack of representation, but ​The Portland Observer specifically allows marginalized people of color to gain representation and give them a chance for their story to be told. This provides readers to experience different viewpoints and allows them to understand the importance of expanding their knowledge outside of what they are normally exposed to. By gaining perspective, this can influence: the way people interact in society, the way people formulate opinions, and the way people perceive the world.

In order to continue the growth of the deeper understanding of the world, building trust within communities is important. This is why local businesses value trust; by already being apart of the local community business owners can relate to the people and build a strong foundation that can continue to grow over the years. With the security and dependability that the BetterBusiness Bureau provides local consumers with through accrediting local businesses it also permits businesses that are honest and act with integrity to grow while continuing to promote trust.

Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Sharon Sherpa, I am currently a senior attending Grant High School. Over the course of my years in high school I have been involved in many different clubs and activities including, National Honor Society, Student Equity, Japanese Immersion Program, Grant Dance Collective, Outdoor School and being the president of the Asian Pacific Islander Alliance club.During my spare time you will find me practicing my intermediate guitar skills, dancing, hiking, and learning new languages.I often volunteer as a peer tutor after school, and volunteer 80+ hours as a student leader at outdoor school. As my senior year comes to an end, I plan to attend a four-year university and double major in a business-related field and computer science. As for my career plans, I hope to travel and create a B-corporation business that will have a positive impact on the world socially, economically, and environmentally.
List and explain any awards received related to academic achievement
Being a National Honor Society member has been a life changing academic achievement because it recognizes my academic merit through school by maintaining above a 3.5 GPA and 30 hours+ of volunteer service.
Describe at least three school-related extra-curricular activities
Being involved with my school and my community is very important to me. This is why I have found myself being apart of the National Honor Society club, Student Equity, and a student leader for Outdoor School. As a member of the National Honor Society for 2 years, I have gained many opportunities to volunteer my time at local organizations, events, and resource centers. Being able to be recognized for volunteer work is very beneficial for students because not only does it promote volunteering, but it also allows students to find a place and build connections in their community. As for student equity, I am able to work with an amazing group of peers that are all dedicated to cultivating change at Grant High School. Being one of the first schools to have quarterly race based discussions has given Grant High School some national attention. Being able to be apart of a project that continues to promote racial justice education and information is very rewarding because I get to help educate, plan, organize, and facilitate these discussions. And as an Outdoor School student leader, I have been given an opportunity to create an educational, safe, fun space for sixth graders. I love nature and value our environment a lot, so I dedicate my time educating younger students about environmental studies (specifically plants) , teaching them problem-solving and social skills.
Explain at least one leadership role that you have held
In 2017, I became the President of the Asian Pacific Islander Alliance club. I still hold this position today, and have seen the club grow. As President, I am responsible for being in contact with admin and other affinity clubs when collaborating on Race Forward events, cultural kickbacks, and other school events. I also plan a majority of the meeting with the help of my amazing leadership team! Throughout the years of holding this leadership position I have gained many skills such as organization, communication, and public speaking.