Frye named 2022 Steward Outstanding Citizen

On Saturday, July 30 during a ceremony at the Steward Park Pavilion, Logan Frye was presented with the 2022 Steward Outstanding Citizen award.

RTHS sophomore is working on 400 volunteer hours for silver cord

STEWARD — On Saturday, July 30 during a ceremony at the Steward Park Pavilion, Logan Frye was presented with the 2022 Steward Outstanding Citizen award. 

Frye is a sophomore at Rochelle Township High School. 

The Outstanding Citizen Award began in 2015 by the Steward Village Board of Trustees as visualized by then-Trustee Les Bonnell. A major player in volunteerism himself, Bonnell appreciated youth who also worked on projects improving the village. The Outstanding Citizen Award goes to a youth who has shown the spirit of volunteerism and has benefited the Village of Steward.

Previous winners of the award are: Matthew Moore (2015), Zachery Burkhart (2016), Alayna Smardo (2017), Girl Scout Troop 1870 (2018), Boy Scout Troop 64 (2019), Gavin Altepeter (2020) and Lucas Smardo (2021). 

Steward Village President Hugh McKiski was unable to attend the event, so Karen Bonnell was the speaker and presenter. Karen has spent time working on the award since it was started by her late husband. 

Frye is a member of the bowling and track teams at RTHS, and he has already completed more than 200 of his 400 hours of community service needed by graduation for a Silver Cord. He’s the assistant senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 64 in Steward. 

At Steward Elementary School, Frye raised and lowered the American and Illinois flags each day during his eighth grade year even on remote learning days due to COVID-19. He also did landscaping work at the school and helped with its playground project.

At Steward United Methodist Church, Frye was the assistant leader for the vacation bible school during the summer. He mowed the yard and painted the exterior of the building at the Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District Steward station. 

For the Village of Steward, Frue mulched and weeded the memorial garden, planted trees, flushed hydrants and helped clean at the Steward Depot. 

In his work with Troop 64, each year Frye and the Boy Scouts place flags at the graves of the soldiers to be remembered on Memorial Day and have a service that includes reading the names. He assisted with various Eagle Scout projects within the village.

Frye and his cousins baked and delivered lasagnas to two families in Steward. He’s also a regular volunteer at the Flagg Township Historical Museum.  

“His grandfather, Jack Connolly, passed away three years ago,” Frye’s mother, Chris Cardott said. “He spent his life volunteering and leading various community organizations including being a founder of the Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District and a firefighter for the Steward Station. He would be very proud of his grandson Logan.”