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MASON CITY | Humane Society of North Iowa Executive Director Sybil Soukup recognized a 15-year-old volunteer for her work at the shelter at a presentation on Friday.

Lured into a room with the prospect of performing volunteer duties, Emily Borrelli held back tears as she was greeted by applause from employees and other volunteers for a surprise presentation.

Borrelli said she was shocked to learn she was being given the Volunteer of the Year award from Soukup, who read off a list of her contributions, including adopting several animals into her family's home. 

"It's great to have Emma be a part of this, and it's a great cause," said Emma's father, Mike, who arrived in secret for the surprise presentation.

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