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YMCA of Greater Louisville Recognizes 2019 Youth Character Awards Honorees


The YMCA of Greater Louisville announced the 2019 YMCA Youth Character Award honorees on Thursday, November 7, presenting awards to 15 outstanding youth from the Louisville area.

Recipients of The YMCA Youth Character Awards were selected for exemplifying exceptional leadership and commitment to strengthening our community, embodying the Y’s core values of caring, honesty,respect and responsibility. The honorees were also recognized for their contributions to academics and athletics, as well as their roles in volunteer and leadership-related activities.

The YMCA Youth Character Awards, which celebrate exemplary teens ages 13 through 17, come with a $1,500 scholarship for either secondary or postsecondary education. Brief profiles of each of the honorees can be found below:

  • Joshua Brown – Age 14, Butler Traditional High School
  • Damyen Butler – Age 15, Southern High School
  • Isha Chauhan – Age 17, Oldham County High School
  • Liam Gallagher – Age 17, Kentucky Country Day
  • Jadan Gambill – Age 16, Pleasure Ridge Park
  • Shelby Hyland – Age 16, Presentation Academy
  • Halee Oliver – Age 17, Pleasure Ridge Park High
  • Jack Pilbean – Age 16, Trinity High School
  • Olivia Robinson – Age 17, duPont Manual High School
  • Bryson Sebastian – Age 18, Butler Traditional High School
  • Zaynah Shahid – Age 16, duPont Manual High School
  • Aidan Sheridan-Rabideau – Age 17, duPont Manual High School
  • Karliya Sweet – Age 17, Western High School
  • Matthew Whalen – Age 17, Saint Xavier High School
  • Chloe Yates – Age 15, North Oldham High School


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