Note: This article is part of the Winter 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.
Spirit Award Q1 Student Winner: Meghan Boen
It’s hard to believe that Springdale Spirit Award Student Winner Meghan Boen is only in the 10th grade. She is a natural leader who has already accomplished a lot at school and in the community. She was nominated for this award by Don Tyson School of Innovation teacher Debra Lamb.
“I have observed Meghan’s leadership and commitment to her school [and] community as well as her peers,” wrote Lamb. She is driven to always give her best in all she does, volunteering whenever needed.”
Meghan is passionate about volunteering and giving back to her community. The Mayor’s Office has gotten to know Meghan well since fall of 2017 when she was chosen for the inaugural class of the Mayor’s Youth Council. She is an active member of the Council, and her fellow members elected her as the Council Clerk in October. Lamb’s glowing nomination of Meghan definitely matched the City’s experience with Meghan so far.
“Meghan always has a great attitude and goes above and beyond in all she does,” wrote Lamb. “Meghan can always be counted on to do a great job. You can count on her for her to follow-through with all she commits to. Meghan never asks for the recognition but does things because she cares.”
Meghan accepted her award surrounded by her family and Lamb. Everyone was beaming with pride, but no one was surprised she was chosen.
“I was not surprised at all [that she won this award],” said her stepmother, Mandy Boen. “Meghan has blown us away from the time I met her. She’s incredibly smart and she has a lot of respect for her teachers and fellow students. She always excels in everything she does.”
Meghan has already amassed 187 community service hours while maintaining an impressive academic record. According to her parents, the credit goes to Meghan and her tenacity.
“She doesn’t need any pushing, she can do it on her own,” said her mother, Amanda Cogburn. “She’s amazing.”
Meghan initially became interested in volunteering in the 8th grade when a teacher, Ms. Peters, got her involved with the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas’s annual conference.
“Just knowing that I could make a difference and help people— it just encouraged me to volunteer more and try to help out in my community as much as I can.”
When Meghan graduates, she plans to go to college and become a pediatrician.
“She is a very caring and smart individual,” said her father, Lanie Boen. “She’s going to go a long way.”
If you would like to nominate a student or an adult to win the Springdale Spirit Award, please visit us online at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/Springdale-Spirit-Award
for more information and to access the application.