Rhiannon Olivarez-Kidwell
Miss Merced County's Outstanding Teen


miss merced county's outstanding teen

Rhiannon Olivarez-Kidwell was born in the San Francisco Bay Area on September 11, 2001 and moved with her parents to Merced shortly after, where she was raised surrounded by a large extended family.  At the age of seven, she started Tae Kwon Do and has earned the rank of Red Belt.  She continues to practice, and has included various other martial art forms.  Because she was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency at age 13 and understands the life-threatening risks, her platform is Rare Disease Advocacy and Awareness: “Promoting emergency protocols to save lives”.  Rhiannon developed an early fascination with science and biology and is dedicated to her educational endeavors as a junior at Merced High School while co-enrolled at Merced College.  She maintains an academic GPA of 4.42 while playing water polo for Merced High where she was voted 2016 Most Valuable Player.  She also swims on the varsity swim team and helped them earn the 2017 Central California Conference Championship.  Rhiannon’s commitment to education extends to her volunteer work where she has served an educational non-profit for four years to provide enrichment for elementary school students.  She has volunteered for two years at the local chapter of the Eagles to help raise money for their scholarship fund.  Upon high school graduation, Rhiannon plans to complete the pre-med requirements she has started and intends to earn a medical degree with a specialization in Anesthesiology.  She enjoys reading, swimming, and trying new foods.