Alexis Roberson honored as 2018 Top Youth Volunteer

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Alexis Roberson, seventh grade student at Riverside, was honored for being named 2018 Top Volunteer in the state. Pictured are, from left: Johnny Boatman and Mitchell Tipton, Caraway City Council members; Mitchell Nail representing Congressman Rick Crawford's office; Don Hinkle, financial professional with Prudential, sponsor of the Spirit of Community Awards; Caraway Mayor Barry Riley and State Representative Dan Sullivan. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Alexis “Lexie” Roberson of Caraway, seventh grade student at Riverside High School, was the honoree at an assembly held Monday morning.

Lexie was recently named one of two state finalists in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for Arkansas' top youth volunteers of 2018.

High School Principal Matt Ziegler welcomed everyone.

"We always want to recognize our students and give them credit for doing what is right," Mr. Ziegler said. "We are proud of her."

Lexie was presented an engraved silver medallion by Don Hinkle, financial professional with Prudential; a state citation from the Arkansas House of Representatives presented by Rep. Dan Sullivan; and a certificate from United States Congressman Rick Crawford was presented by Mitchell Nail.

A short video from Congressman Crawford congratulating Alexis was viewed.

As part of the award, Lexie, accompanied by her parents, David and Kathy Roberson, will travel to Washington, D.C. in April for several days of national recognition events. Each state has a middle level and a high school level award winner to be honored in Washington.

Lexie is well known in her hometown and the surrounding area as a giving young lady. One of her volunteer projects was launching a campaign to collect coloring books and crayons for children at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis.

Lexie's friend, Bailey Kelems, was a patient at St. Jude.

“Bailey said coloring was a good way to pass the time while she was in the hospital,” Lexie said. “She wanted to collect coloring books but did not have the opportunity. In memory of my friend Bailey I decided to collect coloring books and crayons.”

Lexie said once she started she had sponsors help with the project and she was able to deliver 1,500 coloring books and 600 boxes of crayons to the children.

As another volunteer project Lexie took it upon herself to collect fans, snacks and blankets for senior citizens in the area.

Lexie is always looking for ways to help others.

Also at the assembly were Caraway Mayor Barry Riley expressing his congratulations to Lexie.

"Thank you for all you do for the city of Caraway," Mayor Riley said. "We are proud of you."

In addition to Mayor Riley, two city council members, Mitchell Tipton and John Boatman, were present. Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan also attended.

Riverside High School Band, under the direction of Stephen Alsup, provided music for the event.

About the award:

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the national Association of secondary School Principals (NASS), represent the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girls Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross Chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of Points of Light's Hands On Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. Two State Honorees, one middle and one high school, plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were selected based on criteria such as personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

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