Kenton County recognized the first 2018 Pioneer Award Honoree at its Fiscal Court Meeting on April 10th. Parker Willman was named a “Young Pioneer” for his example of youth leadership.

Willman started “Parker’s Pet Project” when he was only six years old in an effort to solicit donations for animals in shelters. Now eleven years old, he holds donation drives at the Kenton County Animal Shelter several times a year, each time collecting large numbers of items. For his birthday and Christmas, he asks for presents for the animals instead of himself.

Willman has shown the community that you can help others, no matter your age. He is proof that leaders come in all shapes and sizes and, no matter the nature of the project, it can positively affect the larger community.

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.