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The IDAHO’S HOMETOWN HERO MEDAL is awarded annually to a handful of distinguished Idaho citizens who meet one or more of the following criteria:

EXEMPLIFIES a life dedicated to the Idaho way of hard work, self-improvement and community service.

EMBODIES the spirit of philanthropy while showing a remarkable commitment in both their personal and professional lives to improving communities across the State of Idaho.

PRESERVES, celebrates and promotes the richness of history, tradition, and values of our great state while working to create a better world for all of us in the future by the work they do today.

SHARES gifts with the community to boost recognition of the State of Idaho.

Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal
Marianna Budnikova

Marianna Budnikova

Marianna Budnikova is a professional hacker, aka software engineer, at MetaGeek, a Boise software company. In addition, Budnikova is a strong supporter of women in technology.

John Rauker

John Rauker

John Rauker is from Twin Falls and Pocatello. Rauker is a very influential person, businessman, and advocate for anti-drug campaigns, and for opening drug rehab centers in Twin Falls and Pocatello.

Army Spc. Carrie L. French

Army Spc. Carrie L. French

Army Spc. Carrie L. French is from Caldwell and receives her medal as a posthumous award. French was the first female from Idaho to die in the Iraq war. She’s a symbol of bravery and courage.

Maria Sanchez

Maria Sanchez

Maria Sanchez is from American Falls. Sanchez is a true symbol of dedication and perseverance, recruited to play for the Mexican National Soccer Team in the World Cup.

Tiara Lusk

Tiara Lusk

Tiara Lusk is from Sugar City/Rexburg. Lusk is an ex-policewoman who started two initiatives to help women who are victims of domestic abuse and had a significant role in starting a training program to help women enlist in the police force.

Donna Scroggins

Donna Scroggins

Donna Scroggins is from Ririe. Scroggins is 90 years old and was a WWII war veteran and Peace Corps volunteer.

Sylvia Medina

Sylvia Medina

Sylvia Medina is from Idaho Falls. Medina is a brilliant and successful business woman who is working extremely hard at economically empowering other women and men in her community.

Carmen Stanger

Carmen Stanger

Carmen Stanger is from Boise and Pocatello. Due to Stanger’s work, anti-bullying legislation passed. She is also a founder of Maddie’s difference, an organization dedicated to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Judge Randy Smith

Honorable Judge Randy Smith

Honorable Judge Randy Smith is from Pocatello. Judge Smith, a favorite in Idaho, was appointed by President Bush to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pastor Jaqueline Thomas

Pastor Jacqueline Thomas

Pastor Jacqueline Thomas is from Pocatello. Pastor Thomas is one of the first African-American female pastors in Idaho. She has helped numerous members in her community by providing them safety, comfort, and guidance.