The 18th Annual Mayors’ Top Teen Awards and Mother Moon Service Scholarships were presented by the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley on May 10 at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo. The awards program, which recognizes outstanding youth volunteers in the Cedar Valley, included an evening reception. Award criteria include demonstrating excellence in volunteerism in the Cedar Valley and a setting a good example as a role model for others. Teens ages 13-18 are eligible for the award.
Certificates were presented to 25 nominees by mayors Jim Brown (Cedar Falls), Doug Faas (Evansdale) and Quentin Hart (Waterloo). In addition, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa awarded Mother Moon Service Scholarships to ten students.

Payton Sash, a junior at Union High School was a recipient of the the Mother Moon Scholarship and a Top Teen Award.
Payton’s passion for working with children drives her to serve her local community. Whether it be working with kids at FFA chapter’s Greenhand Camp or helping create a yearbook for a local elementary school, Payton is always ready to serve the next generation. She is also involved in Mentors in Violence Prevention, Bruce Boosters 4-H and the Dysart Family Aquatic Center. In the past year, Payton has accumulated 107 hours of community service within the Cedar Valley community.
Union junior, Bobbie Hilmer, was a recipient of a Top Teen Award. Bobby has learned through her volunteer experiences that her work can help encourage other students to serve, and through their service, they can find joy in witnessing a positive change. Bobbie has volunteered with numerous nonprofit organizations, including the La Porte-Dysart FFA chapter, Club Dysart, the Bruce Boosters 4-H Club and the Benton County Council.