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Young Citizen of the Year Aslan Brown Balances Volunteering and Academics

March 3, 2011

Aslan Brown - City of Dublin 2010 Young Citizen of the Year

Every year the City of Dublin recognizes active, impactful and inspirational volunteers. For 2010, Dublin High School senior Aslan Brown was nominated and awarded Young Citizen of the Year for his extensive volunteer activities in support of the City of Dublin and Dublin youth. Aslan is currently Committee Chairperson of Dublin’s Youth Advisory Committee, was responsible for the Youth Fee Assistance Program (which helps underprivileged children participate in city events) and is an active participate in numerous other events including Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, the Teen Job Fair and has worked with the Lions Club on Dublin Pride Week.

Despite all of his volunteer involvement, Aslan maintains a rigorous academic schedule and 4.27 GPA at Dublin High School where he is a member of the Track and Field team as well as President of Dublin High’s Leo Club. Aslan credits organization and time management skills as a key to balancing everything on his plate, as well as leadership skills he started acquiring during his year at Fallon Middle School and under the guidance of Dublin High teacher (and City of Dublin Mayor) Tim Sbranti. Aslan is looking forward to attending a 4-year college to pursue a career in environmental law and policy. [UPDATE June 2011: Aslan Brown was accepted into and has chosen to attend the University of California – Berkeley.] recently met with Aslan and his family to learn more about how Aslan balances high school and volunteering.

Aslan’s advice for students entering high school is simple – “be involved”, take advantage of everything Dublin High has to offer and take school seriously right from 9th grade. Aslan was named after the lion from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis. “Aslan” is also Turkish for “lion” (Aslan’s mother who is of Turkish descent). Congratulations Aslan for living up to the leadership qualities characteristic of your namesake!

The full text of Aslan’s nomination is available here.

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  1. Alan permalink
    March 4, 2011 8:21 am

    James: Thank you for highlighting the achievements of Aslan. Your committment to showing the positive stories from our youth and community provide a positive reinforcement for continuous improvement.

  2. Cindy Young permalink
    March 4, 2011 9:18 am

    Aslan is one of the nicest, most polite “teenagers” I have ever known! So wonderful to have him honored in this way!! He certainly deserves it! BRAVO!!

  3. Ken Young permalink
    March 4, 2011 1:01 pm

    I can’t agree more with the choice of Aslan as Young Citizen of the Year. He’s a terrific role model for the youth of our community. Congratulations Aslan!!!

  4. Arzu Brown permalink
    March 5, 2011 8:07 am

    Thank you Cindy, Thank you Ken for your sentiments – we all are very privileged to be living in such a great community and knowing such extraordinary individuals like yourselves and your children. Congratulations on Ben’s acceptance to West Point as well!

  5. Rick permalink
    March 7, 2011 7:13 am

    Congrats Aslan, remember it’s not all work, must take time to “Party now and then” Know your folks are very proud of you!

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