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APS Honored Citizens

Since 1975, the Board has recognized special volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions to Arlington Public Schools. The Honored Citizen Award recognizes the countless hours – over many years – that community members spend dedicating their time to a wide variety of school activities and supporting our students and staff.

School Board Selects 2024 Honored Citizens

The Arlington School Board values this commitment to the well-being of our students, and while the Board honors every volunteer, the individuals who are chosen as ‘Honored Citizens’ stand out, having demonstrated an ongoing, sustained commitment to our students, our schools, and our community for at least five years.

Through their volunteer work, the following individuals support the APS Strategic Goals of providing multiple pathways to success for students, ensuring that students are healthy, safe, and supported, and building and maintaining strong and mutually supportive partnerships.

For 2024, the School Board has named six outstanding volunteers as Honored Citizens – Tia Alfred, Gina Argotti, Reidy Brown, Andrew Greenwood, Louise Vogel, and Laura Watchman.

The Board will recognize the 2024 Honored Citizens at the April 25 School Board Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd.  A reception will be held in their honor at 6 p.m. in the first-floor Welcome Center.

2023 Honored Citizens

The Board recognized the 2023 Honored Citizens at the April 27 School Board Meeting.

2023 Honored Citizens

  • Janna Dressel – Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA)
  • Rick Jackson – World Language Advisory Committee, Foreign Language in Elementary School, STARTALK,
  • Carmina Sinani – Barcroft, Wakefield

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrate a sustained commitment of at least 5 years to Arlington Public Schools.
  • Demonstrate unique and exceptional contributions to APS through their work
  • Demonstrate significant time and energy spent on a broad range of volunteer activities throughout the Arlington school community
  • Strong participation in school activities
  • Foster cooperative relationships
  • Contribute to the APS Strategic Plan

Current APS staff, candidates for public office, and previous recipients will not be considered


  • A person cannot nominate himself/herself
  • A person may nominate more than one candidate
  • A person may only submit one application per candidate
  • Include a robust narrative describing the nominee’s volunteer activities at APS
  • Provide supporting statements and letters of support
  • Please fill out the nomination form completely
  • The School Board will notify recipients of the Honored Citizens Award directly and will notify nominators if their candidate(s) was selected

2024 Honored Citizen Nomination Form

2024 Honored Citizen Nomination Form – Spanish

2024 Honored Citizen Nomination Form – Amharic

2024 Honored Citizen Nomination Form – Arabic

2024 Honored Citizen Nomination Form – Mongolian