Aubrey Hiebert: Spirit of Gainesville nominee

Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.

At the age of seventeen, Aubrey Hiebert has made countless altruistic contributions to her family, school, and community while consistently serving as a positive influence to those around her. Despite her numerous extracurricular commitments and logging 1200 hours of service during high school, Aubrey has maintained a 5.0 grade point average as a student in Eastside High School’s rigorous IB program.


Aubrey Hiebert


Category: Youth

About Aubrey Hiebert

Occupation: Student

Years in Gainesville: 17

Aubrey’s primary area of contribution to Gainesville has been as a volunteer. She was first inspired to begin her volunteer work after the premature birth of her younger brother and witnessing the support her family received from the community. This experience led her to join “Chain Reaction,” a student leadership council that conducts year round activities to support the March of Dimes’s mission of raising awareness about prematurity and healthy lifestyles.

Aubrey has led fundraising initiatives on the school and community levels that resulted in a council total of over one hundred thousand dollars in two years, along with raising over four thousand dollars for the organization on her own. In addition, as part of the council, she has contributed to the organization of a health conference for hundreds of local middle school students and has also started a March of Dimes club to knit preemie hats for the UF neonatal intensive care unit. Currently, she is working to create a room in the UF Health neonatal intensive care unit for grieving families called Caroline’s Room. Aubrey’s sincere passion for babies and families is rooted in her commitment to her five siblings and family of eight, but she has channeled her passion on a larger scale through her dedication to charitable organizations like the March of Dimes.

Aubrey demonstrates leadership not only in her community but also within her school. As the President of two community service clubs and Vice President of the student body at Eastside, Aubrey is enthusiastic about sharing her selflessness with those around her. Beyond volunteering, Aubrey also plays on the school’s varsity golf and lacrosse teams.

Along with her long term commitment as a service leader, Aubrey’s personal kindness is reflected by her enjoyment to spend her free time volunteering in any way she can – at a children’s summer camp, the Boys and Girls Club, gardening at the Atrium, or even helping her teachers afterschool. Aubrey’s affection and concern for others are made evident by her constant striving to improve the lives of those around her.

As a classmate of Aubrey throughout middle and high school, I have witnessed personally the role model she has become during these seven years. Aubrey’s warm heart, open mind, and love for service genuinely embody the spirit of Gainesville. Last year, Aubrey won the Chain Reaction award for “unsung hero,” but this year Aubrey’s good deeds should not go unsung.

Nominated by Sam Hagan

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