PUBLISHED: 4:39 PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Young Ketchikan volunteer earns honor

Courtesy photo
  Kenny Pearson, center, with Ketchikan Youth Court president Amanda Skiles, vice president KYC Cheryl Fultz, KYC members Jessica Bernard, Amanda Skiles and Courtney Enright and Michael Gilbert.
Kenny Pearson was nominated and won the Governor's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, which will be presented April 23, in Anchorage. Ketchikan Youth Court director Gretchen Klein nominated him for the honor saying:

It is rare in this day of age to come across a teenager who finds kind words to say about everyone. He also believes that people must be accountable for their actions. TKenny is one of those students that will never let a person down. Whether Kenny is several states away or just a door away he follows through professionally, and is always informed of the issues or events he speaks on. He also comes from a family of four siblings.

I have known Kenny since he was in seventh grade, and embarking on Ketchikan Youth Court Training. At that age you never know if a student will stay involved, but he did going on six years. This was just one of many difference agencies that he has touched through his community service involvement - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Totem to Totem Diabetes Fundraiser Event, Great Blue Berry Fundraiser, Lions Club bus shelter repair/wood hauling project, Community Easter Hunt at Plaza, Safe Haven Clean-up, Rotary Roadside Garbage Clean-up, Ketchikan Youth Initiatives, Mentoring for Freshman at the High School, and sport all stars/academic team.

One of the perfect examples if the fact that he took an opportunity that came to him to go to Tennessee to attend Soddy Daisy High School. This is giving his a broader education, and also increased his level of skills as a football and baseball player. Kenny is the type of student that is not afraid of a challenge, and is truly taking this opportunity to excel. The wonderful thing is that Kenny while many states a way he is still involved in organizations in Ketchikan, Alaska. He continues to fullfill his Board of Director committed through UYCA, KYC fundraising requirements, Youth Court State Conferences, and KYC community service requirements.

I have watched Kenny excel in advanced academic classes, youth committees, public speaking engagements, fundraising events, international travel for baseball, and youth assets through Youth Initiatives. He has achieved the highest honors in academics, sports, and KYC. He is a role model in the high school. With all the issues, constraints, and challenges facing young adults today Kenny has kept his focus, but is still liked by the "different social groups" in school.

Any community around the country would be blessed with his presence and dedication.