Keller Citizen

May 27, 2014

Trophy Club honors citizens of the year

Dena Boudreau was honored as the adult recipient and McKenzie Arata was named the youth honoree.

Trophy Club prides itself on being a nice town in which to live.

Recently, the Town Council honored two citizens working hard to make sure it stays that way with the Citizen of the Year awards for youth and adult.

Dena Boudreau was honored as the adult recipient and McKenzie Arata was named the youth honoree.

Other youth nominees were Samantha Ellis, Madison Flores, Brandon Gindt, Jessica Hunter, Cannon Jackson, Brandon Michaelis and Lauren Wintermute.

The Trophy Club Citizen of the Year Committee, made up of past recipients, reviews all nominations and selects the recipients.

"I feel so strongly about our community involvement and how important you all are to our council, to our staff, to our manager, everyone," said former Mayor Connie White to the group. "That people are so willing to give back in the community is part of what makes this community so special."

White said Boudreau was selected for her leadership, dedication to Trophy Club, and tireless friendliness. She has served the town as chairwoman to Crime Control and Prevention District Board, on the parks and recreation special events committee, and by being an active member of the Trophy Club Emergency Volunteers Organization and Northwest ISD Crimestoppers Organization.

She has also participated on the Stars and Stripes Committee, helping put together what the mayor called, "one of the most patriotic celebrations the community has ever seen."

White added, "Her neighbors refer to her as a strong leader, loyal friend, passionate resident, and a wonderful mother and wife."

Arata was honored for her diversity in service, said White. The sixth-grader at Medlin Middle School stays busy and excels in and out of the classroom.

Arata volunteered at Beck Elementary for their fundraising event Beckolopy, where she gathered food pantry donations, recorded them, cleaned up afterwards, and was instrumental in the event. She has also volunteered as a group leader at Fellowship United Methodist Church during vacation bible school, and was there to set up and clean up throughout the camp.

At Medlin, Arata volunteered time over the summer to help teachers with preparing classrooms, checking lockers, setting out textbooks, and doing many other tasks to prepare for the school year.

She helped supervise the Summer Reading Program at the Roanoke Library, and volunteered for the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church during their summer vacation Bible school. Among her duties at the latter was helping the preschool class of religious education.

She also volunteered as Studio A Dance, assisting coaches with stretching and preparing kids for their tumbling classes.


But there's more.

Arata volunteered for the Trophy Club Women's Club, helping with the arts and crafts booth for the children of deployed soldiers. She planted flags along Trophy Club Drive and helped decorate floats for the July 4 parade, sold maps at a community garage sale, and was a greeter during the Christmas Tour of Homes.

Town Marketing Manager and Public Information Officer April Reiling praised the committee for making a difficult choice from a well-qualified group of nominees.

"As past recipients, committee members have a tough job evaluating such an impressive group of civic-minded residents year after year and choosing only one recipient, when all nominees are so impressive," Reiling said.

"A couple of the youth nominees have been nominated several times over the past few years, and these kids truly have the heart of public servants," said Trophy Club Town Manager Mike Slye.

"Trophy Club is blessed to have kids who understand the value in giving back, and those values are instilled by supportive parents and families. I think the high caliber nominees that we recognize every year are a direct result of the overall community spirit in Trophy Club."

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