Frazee students honored by Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Two Frazee students have been named Distinguished Finalists in Minnesota for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, according to a news release.

Kassidy Kovar, 17, a senior at Perham High School, created and runs “The Bark ‘Hound’ation,” through which she helps promote animal rescue and adoption; in addition to training service dogs, she runs a pet food and toy pantry, creates rope toys from recycled shirts and raises money by selling organic dog treats. Kassidy, who has also raised money to donate 25 service dog backpacks, was inspired to start her project by her own service dog, Harley.

Sophia Strand, 12, a seventh-grader at Frazee High School, has organized several fundraising events, including an annual cupcake bake sale and an event called “Hornets, Hoops, and Hope” that features local basketball players, to benefit both the American Cancer Society and people with cancer. Inspired by a teacher with cancer, Sophia has distributed flyers, solicited donations from local businesses and helps organize the events themselves.

Each will receive an engraved bronze medallion for the honor, according to the release.

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