Jonathon Michael Heaton Outstanding Youth Award for 2013

This award is given in memory of an outstanding youth volunteer named Jonathon Michael Heaton who gave over 3,000 volunteer hours to our Zoo. In 1999, Jonathon died of a heart attack from a congenital heart condition. His dedication and memory are kept alive through this award.

This year’s recipient was Rebekah L. Carson. A volunteer in the giraffe area, Rebekah started volunteering three years ago at age 13. She travels over an hour from Richmond, Ky to volunteer at the Zoo and is a tenth grader at Madison Southern High School in Berea. According to the giraffe staff, Rebekah is not only a great volunteer but a great person.