Rodney Foster, the previous recipient of the Outstanding Young Citizen award and the incoming Chamber President, was the presenter of the 2011 Outstanding Young Citizen.
"Do you know how hard it is to be outstanding for 365 days?" Mr. Foster joked.
He offered his thanks to the community for his award last year--calling it an honor and humbling, before announcing this year's Outstanding Young Citizen, Ray Cornutt.
"Our recipient has a "can-do" attitude and willingly volunteers every time he is needed," said Mr. Foster about Mr. Cornutt.
Mr. Cornutt is a native of Sweetwater and Nolan County, graduating from Sweetwater High School seventeen years ago. His primary involvement in the community has spanned 13 years in law enforcement, with the last twelve years spent with the Sweetwater Police Department.
He is also a member of the Sweetwater Police Patrol, a "watchdog" at Sweetwater Intermediate School, and has been the past president of the Children's Advocacy Center.
Other community service by Mr. Cornutt includes coaching Sweetwater youth in football, baseball, basketball and soccer, and he has also served on the board of the Sweetwater Little League.
Mr. Cornutt and his family--wife Dawn with five children: Caden, Logan, Landon, Jayln and Addison--are members of Trinity Baptist Church. He has worked on walks with the Emmaus; he is also a member of the Sweetwater Jaycees and the incoming Jaycees' president for 2011-12.