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Mayor Announces 3rd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: October 13 2015

Press Release

Contact: Mayor McCaslin 
Phone:   (479) 271-5966

Date:  October 13, 2015

3rd Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Bentonville, AR – October 13, 2015…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 3rd quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The 3rd quarter winners are: Madison Phillips, Katie Morris and the Sharing and Caring Founding Board members.  Mayor McCaslin commented when making this announcement, “We received numerous excellent nominations…all very deserving.  Nominees not chosen will remain on file for future consideration.”  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizens and organization selected for this award. 

Marisa Snow, Counselor at Ruth Hale Barker Middle School, nominated Madison Phillips for the Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen Award.  Madison is a 7th grade student at Fulbright Junior High, who formerly attended Ruth Hale Barker Middle School.  Madison is active in the Bentonville Basketball Club and is a member of the youth group at her church.  Ms. Snow mentions that she has known Madison for the past two years.  She comments that Madison’s community involvement continues to increase as she gets older.  Madison has shown leadership skills since a student in elementary school.  While she was a student at Mary Mae Jones Elementary School she took a trip to Little Rock to meet the governor and discuss the “Leader in Me” program.  Madison is an honor roll student, has an outgoing personality, and welcomes all students.  She received several awards at the end of her 6th grade year at Barker Middle School in May, 2015 recognizing her leadership skills, positive attitude, and role model qualities. 

Elizabeth Davis nominated Katie Morris for the award.  Katie has served on the Bentonville School PTO’s for nine years.  She began volunteering at Elm Tree Elementary where she was a homeroom parent, office assistant coordinator, Art Auction chair, Hospitality chair, Volunteer Coordinator, PTO Vice President and PTO President.  At Ardis Ann Middle School, she was the Volunteer Coordinator, an office volunteer, and served on the membership & hospitality committees.  At Bentonville High School, she has served on the Miss BHS and Scholarship committees, as well as served as the PTO Vice President.  Most recently, she has served as the BPTO Vice President and is currently President of the BPTO organization.  Katie also works for Walmart, and through their Volunteer Always Pays grant program, has contributed over $1,000 to the PTO’s as a result of her volunteering.  Ms. Davis states that Bentonville has excellent schools, and it is parents like Katie, being involved in the schools, that make Bentonville excel.  

Irene Medrano, nominated Susan Robertson, Lisa Dykema, and Johna Waddell as the founding board members for Sharing and Caring of Benton County.  Sharing and Caring, founded in 2007, assists approximately 1,750 families annually that represent 4,450 children.  When you take on a commitment of this size, you need volunteers that are committed to making it happen.  Susan volunteers year round with Sharing and Caring, especially during October through December.  Irene says, “Susan commits many hours to the families during the process, and we consider it an absolute honor to have Sue as a Sharing and Caring volunteer.”   In 2014, Sharing and Caring reached out to 1,800 families representing 4,384 children.  Lisa’s planning skills resulted in these families picking up their gifts in a 6.5 hour time frame.  Lisa continues to come up with new ideas to expedite the application process. Ms. Medrano states that Lisa is an exceptional, committed volunteer. According to Ms. Medrano, Johna’s strength focuses on training new groups and individuals that want to join the Sharing and Caring initiative.  Irene states that Johna’s commitment to the families is very genuine, and it shows in the respect she offers to the parents seeking assistance for their children.  Irene identifies Johna as an exceptional volunteer. 

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Fourth quarter 2015 nominations will be accepted until December 18.  Winners will be announced December 23. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.