Your Home­town Hero for 2016:

Mar­lee Anne Hop­kins

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Mar­lee Anne Hop­kins was named the 2016 Home­town Hero by The Cov­ing­ton News and Gen­eral Mills. The 14-year-old Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent was se­lected for this honor by a com­mit­tee of Gen­eral Mills em­ploy­ees, af­ter she was rec­om­mended by read­ers of The Cov­ing­ton News. The com­mit­tee se­lected Hop­kins from around a dozen nom­i­na­tions.

Cov­ing­ton teen given honor at Gen­eral Mills Fri­day

The Cov­ing­ton News and Gen­eral Mills proudly named its Home­town Hero for 2016 this week.

Mar­lee Anne Hop­kins, 14, of Cov­ing­ton, re­ceived this honor dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Gen­eral Mills Fri­day.

A com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of Gen­eral Mills em­ploy­ees de­ter­mined Hop­kins ex­em­pli­fied the spirit of a hero. Hop­kins was cho­sen be­cause of her char­ity and will­ing­ness to help oth­ers with­out ex­pect­ing any recog­ni­tion for her ac­tions.

Her self­less spirit was shared by al­most a dozen other lo­cal res­i­dents. All were nom­i­nated by peers dur­ing The Cov­ing­ton News’ and Gen­eral Mills’ hunt for the 2016 Home­town Hero. Once the he­roes were nom­i­nated on­line vot­ing was held via The Cov­ing­ton News’ Face- book page and the se­lec­tions were sent to the com­mit­tee for se­lec­tion of the 2016 Home­town Hero.

Three fi­nal­ists were in­vited to a small cer­e­mony at Gen­eral Mills Fri­day where the winner was an­nounced and the fi­nal­ists were thanked for their ser­vice.

We at The Cov­ing­ton News would like to thank all the nom­i­nees for be­ing such a key part of our com­mu­nity for hav­ing the de­sire and tak­ing ac­tion to make their home­town a bet­ter place.

Bryan Fazio | The Cov­ing­ton News

Two win­ners of Gen­eral Mills' and The Cov­ing­ton News' Home­town Hero hon­ors. Mar­lee Anne Hop­kins (left) was named the 2016 Home­town Hero, and her mother Kelli Hop­kins was named the 2011 Home­town Hero.

Above: Mar­lee Anne Hop­kins was named the 2016 Home­town Hero by The Cov­ing­ton News and Gen­eral Mills Fri­day.

Pho­tos by Bryan Fazio The Cov­ing­ton News

Right: Mar­lee Anne Hop­kins and Deb­bie Hill­man were two of the three fi­nal­ists for the Home­town Hero pre­sented by The Cov­ing­ton News and Gen­eral Mills.

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