The Anne Frank Humanitarian Award was established 16 years ago when the Florida Holocaust Museum decided to focus its attention on the goodness of young adults. The award is presented to one junior at each public and every major private high school in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The award recognizes humanitarian actions that better the lives of other individuals or a group. By ‘doing the right thing’ our recipients hold true to the nature and spirit of Anne Frank who, in spite of everything she endured, did not abandon her ideals. As she wrote in her diary – “In spite of everything I believe people are truly good at heart.”

The River Ridge recipient for 2016-17 is Jessica Linares. In her nomination Jessica is described as a kind, talented and humble young woman with an artistic drive.

Jessica contributes to RRHS and community through her photography skills. She has spent a great deal of time and energy in covering activities on and off campus with her camera. These include athletic events, academic competitions, school plays, and events in the local community. She teaches photography skills to her fellow students and has also taught karate.

At RRHS Jessica is an active member of many clubs and organizations, including Interact, National Honor Society, Robotics, and SPLASH, among others.

Jessica’s passion for capturing life through the lens of a camera has earned her the distinction of this year’s recipient of the Anne Frank Humanitarian Awards for River Ridge High School.