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Kenton County Recognizes Animal Lover as "Young Pioneer" Award Winner

For the first time, Kenton County handed out its new Pioneer Award.

The "Young Pioneer" winner is Parker Willman, creator of Parker's Pet project. He was just 6-years old when he founded the effort to solicit donations for animals in shelters.

Now 11, Willman hosts donation drives at the Kenton County Animal Shelter multiple times a year, collecting a large number of items. 

On his birthday and at Christmas, Willman asks for presents for animals instead of himself.

Established in 2017, the Kenton County Pioneer Award honors five living residents of Kenton County who have a record of outstanding service to the community and exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity. The Pioneer Award honors those who demonstrate servant leadership combined with awareness of the needs of our fellow residents.

A committee composed of the members of the Kenton County Ethics Commission reviewed the nominations, identified five deserving individuals, and forwarded their names to the Kenton County Fiscal Court for consideration and approval.

They also recommended special recognition for Parker Willman as a “Young Pioneer”. The 2018 Pioneer Award recipients are Ralph Drees, Mer Grayson, Robert Hoffer, Kim Kitchen, and Ed Schroeder.

-Staff report
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