South Washington County Schools

Park High School student wins Washington County Youth Public Health Achievement Award

Photo of Briana and family

Park High School senior Briana Mullan was surprised in class with the Youth Public Health Achievement Award by the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment on Wednesday, April 4. Briana’s classmates and parents were in the room when she was presented with the award.

Briana was awarded for her work in Youth Teaching Youth, an extracurricular at Park High School run through the University of Minnesota Extension 4-H. The club brings high school students to elementary schools to teach them about healthy living, citizenship and fairness.

Briana has taken a leadership role in the club and has helped grow membership from a small handful of students to 43 students. Over the past three years, Briana has also worked with hundreds of elementary students in more than 40 classrooms.

“Briana is an incredibly hard worker. I have never worked with a teen who is as motivated as she is to make a difference in her community. She has been at the forefront of expanding outreach and making healthy living curriculum more accessible to youth all over Washington County,” said Heather Cory, the Youth Teaching Youth Program Coordinator for the University of Minnesota Extension 4-H.

In addition to her work with Youth Teaching Youth, Briana is also giving back at Pullman Elementary School, her childhood school. This year, she helped in a 3rd-grade classroom through the Park High School intern program.

Pullman Elementary Principal Ed Ross says, “Briana has always been a student who is willing to help others and someone our students can count on. She works to build relationships with students and they enjoy working with her. Briana sets a great example for our students to follow.”

Briana hopes to continue her work with children through college and eventually become a teacher.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment recognize one youth, one adult and one group who have devoted their time, energy and talents to improve the public health in Washington County each year. The award is given to the recipients by surprise during National Public Health Week.