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Join us for the 22nd Annual Teen Character Awards!


The YMCA Teen Character Awards are an opportunity to recognize area teens who exhibit the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith in their everyday lives. Our YMCA Teen Character Award recipients exemplify the Y’s commitment to strengthen our community.

Honorees will be recognized and three senior nominees will be selected to receive a $1,500/$1,000/$500 scholarship to help them in their academic pursuits.

If you know an extraordinary teen who displays these qualities, please nominate them for a 2023 Hickory Foundation YMCA Teen Character Award.

For more information please contact Ryan Pegarsch at



  • Teenagers, in grades 6-12, who have demonstrated the character values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith in an exemplary manner are eligible.
  • The nominee’s actions, character and leadership has a positive impact on individuals in their efforts at home, school, church and the community.
  • Nominations can be submitted by teachers, advisors, coaches, youth leaders, pastors, past winners and other non-related individuals.




  • Completed nominations are due by 5:00pm on November 10, 2023. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.
  • Submission options:
    • Email to
    • Drop off a physical copy at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.
    • Mail to

Hickory Foundation YMCA Teen Character Awards
Attn: Ryan Pegarsch
701 1st Street NW
Hickory NC 28601

  • Nominations are judged in two categories: Jr. Varsity (Grades 6-8) and Varsity (Grades 9-12). Teens are eligible for multi-year nomination. Only high school seniors are eligible for the scholarship award.
  • You are welcome to nominate as many teens as you would like but please use a separate form for each nomination.
  • Applications must be 100% complete. Incomplete applications will not be eligible.
  • Acceptance of any award constitutes consent to use the winners’ likeness for YMCA advertising and publicity purposes.
  • All entries become the property of the YMCA of Catawba Valley and cannot be returned. The YMCA is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected mail.
  • The YMCA of Catawba Valley reserves the right to accept or decline any application submitted. Winners are selected by the Teen Character Awards committee and all decisions are final.
  • Selected honorees will receive a YMCA Teen Character Award and medallion.




  • The YMCA of Catawba Valley invites its selected honorees along with their families and nominators to a banquet to honor these great Teens and present them with their awards.
  • Invitations to the event will be sent out once nominations close but the banquet will take place the evening of Tuesday, November 28th.
  • We ask that you send in a few pictures of your nominee as well to add to a slideshow for the banquet.