Zoo names volunteer award winners

WICHITA — The Sedgwick County Zoo announced its 2009 volunteers of the year Thursday.

Tom Beauchesne, who has volunteered at the zoo for 13 years, received the award for adult volunteer of the year. He spent 1,012 hours at the zoo in 2009, doing everything from cleaning floors to preparing animal diets, a statement from the zoo said.

Student Micaela Atkinson received the youth volunteer award after spending 810 hours working at the zoo last year.

Overall, 1,049 volunteers donated 45,481 hours in 2009.