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2004 Governor's Volunteer Award Recipients

Challenge Youth Award

Amanda Knopfel
Murray/Calloway County

Eighth-grader Amanda has dedicated hundreds of hours to the Murray Animal Shelter where she unites lost pets with their owners, exercises, feeds and waters the animals and cleans cages.  She is also a volunteer for Bark in the Park, a local animal adoption campaign. She believes all young people should volunteer and be involved in their communities.

Innovation Youth Award

Franz Ashton Inden
Harrodsburg/Mercer County

It wasn’t a lemonade stand but an antique mall booth where Franz learned the art of buying, selling and honest dealing. With profits from his sales, he financed a project that has provided white spruce trees, picnic tables and benches at Mercer County’s Anderson Dean Park. His gifts are a living testament to hope for the future and peace, love and understanding for today to all who enjoy the beauty created by his generosity and volunteer spirit.

Impact Youth Award

Elizabeth Singleton
Stearns/McCreary County

While attending a People to People International Youth Forum in Washington, D.C., 12-year-old Elizabeth was inspired to make a positive impact on her community. Aware that McCreary County is ranked 10th poorest in the nation, and aware that education is the key to success, she founded “Elizabeth’s Dictionaries for Kids” with the goal to provide a dictionary to every third grader in the county. She did the math and set out to raise the $2,556.80 she needed – and exceeded that goal, netting more than $4,800. Her hard work and vision beyond her years have made it possible for the project to continue.

National Service Individual Award

Aaron Hutson
Lexington/Fayette County

An AmeriCorps VISTA member, Aaron’s volunteer service goes above and beyond the requirements of his program. He has volunteered more than 1,300 hours and recruited 42 volunteers for various community programs in Lexington. His extraordinary service has involved him in Kids’ Cafés, Family Literacy Nights, science learning projects and computer literacy classes, all efforts to help others improve their own lives and future prospects.


Last Updated 9/11/2008