Teen Character Awards

The YMCA’s 15th Annual Teen Character Awards will acknowledge and applaud the outstanding efforts of Catawba Valley teens who demonstrate leadership and character traits that strengthen their homes, neighborhoods and communities. The event will be held on Thursday, November 12th at 6:30 pm at the C.O. Miller Teen Center.

In the past fifteen years, the YMCA has recognized many outstanding teens who are now leading very successful lives through their military and professional careers, college studies, and family life. This recognition is only made possible through the dedication of time and effort by the people nominating these teens. The YMCA is committed to developing character values in children, families, the community and our staff. To accomplish this, we focus on four core values— caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We incorporate these core values into our programs, our services and our work through a planned effort known as CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Our challenge to everyone is to accept and demonstrate these positive values in everything they do.

Teens aged 12-18 who have demonstrated in an exemplary manner the character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are eligible. The nominee’s actions, character and leadership have a positive impact on individuals in their efforts at home, school, church or community. Nominations can be submitted by teachers, advisors, coaches, youth leaders, pastors, past winners or other non-related individuals. The YMCA of Catawba Valley reserves the right to accept or decline any application submitted. Winners are selected by the Teen Character Awards Committee. All decisions are final.
Completed nominations are due by 5:00 p.m., November 2, 2015 to the C.O. Miller Teen Center. Nomination forms are available here Teen Character Awards Nom Form 2015TeenCharacter_Questionnaire.

A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior that is nominated for a YMCA Teen Character Award for exemplifying the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility and is sponsored by Gary and Mary Hogue.   In the year 2004, after 35 years of service, Gary Hogue announced his retirement from the YMCA, the last ten years being served at the YMCA of Catawba Valley. His wife Mary also retired from the teaching field with her last years of service in the Hickory City School System.  The recipient will be announced at the November 12th event.

Please send completed forms to, contact Alysse Dambach, Teen Center Director at 828-322-9284, or [email protected]


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