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Distinguished Finalist

Kassidy Kovar

Frazee, Minnesota

Kassidy Kovar, 17, of Frazee, Minnesota, 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.