Mayor, Pavel Novotny, awarded Medals of Honor to a select group of people from the community for their unique contributions. It is the highest award a Mayor can give after Honorary Citizenship (which was awarded to our former Mayor who had served for 16 years!). As the 1st American to ever receive this award, April Popko, is recognized among this Czech community for particularly contributing to spreading the good name of the district.
"I send a BIG THANK YOU to Mr. Mayor, Pavel Novotny, the Deputy Mayor, the Town Hall team, my lovely neighbors, my supportive family and to everyone who welcomes me to Prague. It is a great honor to be the 1st American to receive this. I love Řeporyje and I count my lucky stars to live here. The energy is beautiful and the people are amazing. I cannot believe this just happened! Thank you to everyone at ECHO Magazine as well. Congratulations to ALL the laureates and also to Lenka Fialova for winning a seat in the Mayor's office (as the 1st set of siblings in history to sit at the same table) ! Let's continue to make history here! I am very grateful to you all for encouraging me every step of the way."--April Popko