This week’s featured Youth Citizenship Award recipient is Linnea Jimerson, announced Dr. Anthony Evans, executive director of the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau. Linnea is the daughter of Heidi and Philip Jimerson of Great Valley and is a senior at Ellicottville Central School.

Over the past several years, Linnea has done much for the community. She has served Thanksgiving dinners to the elderly as well as having served at the Indian Foods Dinner in Salamanca for several years. She has participated in Project Christmas, where she has shopped and wrapped presents for families in the community, and Santa’s Workshop through Ellicottville School. Linnea has volunteered at the Dime Carnival through Ellicottville School and participated in the Octoberfest cleanup for the past four years.

Showing her kind and giving nature, Linnea has donated her hair three times to Locks of Love, the last time being her junior year of high school. Additionally, when Linnea was younger, she was so moved by the victims of Hurricane Katrina that she donated many of her brand new toys to those affected. 

Not only has Linnea been involved in the community, but has participated in school activities as well. She has been a member of band and chorus since she was in sixth grade, as well as the Jazz Chorus for three years and Jazz Band for two years. She was a member of Music Club and has been the treasurer, as well as having been a member of Student Council for two years. Linnea has played on the varsity basketball team since eighth grade and was a captain last year. Linnea has also played varsity volleyball since ninth grade and varsity softball since eighth grade. Additionally, she received the Most Valuable Player and First Team All-Star awards in basketball. In volleyball, she earned the Golden Spike Award, MVP, Most Improved, Honorable Mention and Second Team All-Star. In softball, she earned Most Improved and Honorable Mention.

Linnea has worked hard academically, having earned High Honor Roll since seventh grade having earned the highest average in English. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in the St. Bonaventure Art Show.

Linnea’s future plans are to attend JCC with a full academic scholarship and then moved on to a University to study Marine Biology. Linnea is described as an empathetic, kind and hardworking young adult with a heart of gold. She gives every program her all, while constantly showing her selfless nature. 

Nominations for the 2019 graduating class are open. If you know an outstanding member of your community who is a senior in high school, you can nominate them for a Cattaraugus County Youth Citizenship Award. For more information, contact Alison Crosson, Youth Bureau program coordinator, at 938-2617.