Lauren Jeffress, a Eureka High School senior, was named the City of Eureka's first ever Citizen of Distinction because of what that she has done in the community.
Lauren's high school community rallied around her after she lost a loved one. Now, she pays it forward by helping others who experience similar loss. Some examples of how Lauren helps her community include raising money for the BackStoppers organization, starting a grief support group at a middle school, and collecting money and supplies for families experiencing the loss of a loved one.
"The award was given to me for turning tragedy into inspiration and learning to take what happened and channel it to helping others," said Jeffress.
Eureka Mayor Kevin Coffey said the new Citizen of Distinction award recognizes young adults for their enthusiastic leadership and dedicated support designed to improve the lives of others.
"It's important that we appreciate and recognize young people who are building leadership in our community," said Coffey.
In college, Jeffress hopes to start a nonprofit organization to help people who have lost a loved one.