Quarry Lane School junior, Rhea Mitr, was recognized by The City of Dublin as its 2018 Young Citizen of the Year. The Citizens of the Year awards were crowned on Wednesday, February 20, at the Volunteer Recognition Event held at the Shannon Community Center in Dublin.
Rhea was nominated for the award by Quarry Lane School Director of College Counseling, Ms. Allison Bly. The Citizens of the Year awards recognize outstanding individual citizens and groups for their contributions to the quality of life in the city. The Young Citizen of the Year award, in particular, recognizes the volunteer service of Dublin's youth. Nomination criteria for the awards are based on the Dublin Integrity Action's 10 Characteristics: Responsibility, Respectfulness, Caring, Giving, Positive Attitude, Trustworthiness, Cooperation, Doing One's Best, Honesty, and Self-Discipline.
As part of her award, a $300 donation will be given to a non-profit organization of Rhea's choice. One of her most passionate initiatives, which Ms. Bly included in her nomination statement, is focused on increasing the number of registered organ/tissue donors in California. "Rhea has incessantly dedicated countless hours towards her volunteer work to reach her ultimate goal: saving lives through successful organ donations," says Ms. Bly. Her volunteer work has included working with California Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and her district team to pass legislation to include more curriculum about organ donations in Driver's Ed programs and modify California DMV forms to help people make a more informed decision about organ donation.
On March 5th, award recipients will be recognized by the Dublin City Council at the City Council meeting.