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2006 - Youth Individual Achievement Award - Beautification & Landscaping - David Roy, Newkirk

When a 90-thousand-dollar proposal to create a park in downtown Newkirk languished for four years, a high school sophomore stepped up to the plate with a plan for not only a park, but also for fundraising and volunteer labor.  David Roy, a member of the Newkirk Junior Main Street program, took on the park endeavor as his Eagle Scout project.

David’s persistence was tested time after time over the next two years as, seemingly, every possible roadblock was placed in his path.  With aluminum can recycling as the primary source of cash, he secured donations of services and materials from a variety of other sources, all the time continuing with his school, band, church, athletics, scouting activities, and even a part-time job.

Once he finally secured the green light to build the park, he was so organized that it took only four months and 22-hundred-dollars to turn an eyesore of two vacant lots into the lovely “Hole In The Wall” park.  Now, everyone from strolling seniors to young skateboarders come to the park for relaxation or fun. 

One judge said David was a shining example of what teenagers can be.  Another called him a hometown hero with amazing determination.

For leading with excellence every step of the way in creating a pocket park and being an inspiration to the entire town of Newkirk, David Roy, we salute you!