YMCA of Topeka Character Awards Honor Eight Individuals

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The fifth annual YMCA Character Values Awards honored three youth and five adult honorees. The eight individuals were chosen from a record number of 59 nominations. WIBW was a proud sponsor of the event.

All eight honorees were unique in the ways they are helping the community, but all exemplify the core values of the YMCA; caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The first youth winner is Chelsey Cook, for her work in youth civic organization. Chelsey is the president of her youth council at United Methodist Church.

The second youth winner, Krystal Harry, has been awarded for her dedication at her church. Krystal is involved in many aspects of the First Baptist Church. She also volunteers her time helping in the office their almost every day after school.

The third youth winner is Kirsten Ford, for her hard work at school. Kirsten has maintained a 4.0 GPA despite her demanding academic curriculum. She is also involved in student council, national honor society, and the tennis team.

The first adult winner is Wally Fisher, for being a positive influence at church and beyond. Wally created a men's ministry at the Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene. They meet each week to discuss their faith.

The second adult winner is Orval McKinley for his work at Scott Computer Technology Magnet School. He has been volunteering there every day since the doors opened 11 years ago. Each morning Orval McKinley helps the students with their academic skills.

Judy Neher is the third adult winner for tirelessly giving her time to numerous organizations. Judy has volunteered throughout the years. Presently she works with First Congregational Church, Doorstep, and Christmas in April, to name just a few.

The fourth adult winner is Charlene Robuck. Charlene is working to build business opportunities in North Topeka. She has been active in school and church organizations, and a member of the YMCA Kuehne Branch Advisory Committee. She is also active in the North Topeka Business Alliance and North Topeka on the Move Association.

John Zeller is the fifth winner of the YMCA Character Values Awards. He won for his outstanding work within the YMCA. John is a pool coordinator at the Kuehne Branch. He also spends his Friday nights working the YMCA "Fabulous Fridays", giving local kids a safe environment to swim, watch movies, and eat pizza for his constant positive attitude and influence.

All eight of the award winners are involved in many aspects of the community. They all received a $100 donation to the charity or organization of their choice and their picture will be displayed in the YMCA branches until next year.