26th Annual Community Achievement Awards Final 4 Announced!

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September 14, 2023
Michelle Talley

(702) 298-2214



26th Annual Community Achievement Awards Finalists Announced

The Laughlin Chamber of Commerce proudly announces that our diverse and dedicated volunteer judges have selected the finalists for the 26th Annual Community Achievement Awards, to be held at Aquarius Casino Resort inside the pavilion on November 4th, 2023.

Citizen of the Year
Jennifer Ronan
Grace Hecht
John McCormick
Kent Divich

Connie Davis Youth Citizen of the Year
Brayden Lott: River Valley High School
Hunter Fauble: Mohave Accelerated Learning Center
Kylee O'Brien: River Valley High School
Zane Gledhill-Rabin: Mohave Accelerated Learning Center

Young Wonder Award
Amelia Burns: Desert Star Academy Middle School
Ella Marquis: Desert Light Christian Academy
Hannah Walker: Academy of Building Industries High School
Kevin "Scotty" Leonard: Needles High School

Educator of the Year
Adam King: River Valley High School
Brenda Jackson: River Valley High School
Laci Ortiz: Mohave Accelerated Learning Center
Nicolle Wilson: Needles Unified School District

Lloyd Shires Tourism Award
Keith Fulton: Riverside Casino & Resort
Kevin Burns: Laughlin Tours
Larry Topping: Mayhem the Main Event
Michael Jackson: Southern Nevada Transit Coalition/Fleetsmart

Nick Sessions Public Service Award
Angie Johnson: City of Bullhead City
Jeff Tipton: City of Bullhead City
Josie Volk-Emmert: Bullhead City Police Department
Kim Cool: City of Bullhead City

Humanitarian Award
Beverly & Rod Siemens
Jessica Tary
Michele Brown
Sheryle Rose

Entrepreneur Award
Eric Fox: Pro-Fit-Kitchin
Justin & Breezy Robarge: Breezy Air LLC
Sam Cariappa: Riverside Pharmacy
Trevor Long: Long Gone Escapes

Communications Award
Brie Tyler
Daisy Nelson
Kristy Zavala
TriState Wifi LLC

Business Expansion and Retention Award
Da Taco Joint
Dot Foods, Inc.
Kirk Barton Farmers Insurance Agency

Small Business of the Year
DB&G Dance Studio
Kona Ice Of Bullhead City
Papa Johns Pizza Bullhead City
Risen Star Kennel

Large Business of the Year
Anderson Auto Group
Dot Foods, Inc
Findlay Motor Company
Western Arizona Regional Medical Center

Community and Social Service Organization Award
Kiwanis of the Colorado River (Noon Club)
Needles St. Vincent's de Paul Food Bank / Thrift Store
Rotary Club of Bullhead City
Volunteers In Partnership

Veteran Special Recognition Award Sponsor
Frederick S. Doten
George DeLeon
Leland Gilmore
Veterans In Motion

Congratulations to everyone that was nominated; you are all outstanding members of our Colorado River Region!

Those listed here will receive a congratulatory phone call/email to schedule an interview on Wednesday, September 20th or Thursday, September 21st, with the judging panel as well as a professional portrait for individual nominees.

The 26th Annual Community Achievement Awards will be held at the Aquarius Casino Resort. Tickets for this event will be available soon. Sponsorships are available now! Please call

(702) 298-2214 for more information. This event will be announced by Dominic Dragone from Murphy Broadcasting and live streamed with The Bee News Media Company. Stay tuned for more details!