Awards Recognize Pregnancy Prevention Champions

On Thursday, May 2, Gaston Youth Connected honored the hard work, dedication, and contributions of local individuals and organizations at its first-ever community awards ceremony.  Each recipient has made a meaningful contribution to help address teen pregnancy in Gaston County.

Award Winners

  • Outstanding teen leader: Alexus Costner, of Gastonia
  • Outstanding teen parent: Brianna Cooke, of Gastonia
  • Supportive parent award: Troy and Annete Philips, of Gastonia
  • Rising star facilitator award: Staff of Phoenix Counseling Center
  • Outstanding facilitator award: Hanna Kirlin, of Gastonia
  • Outstanding service learning project: TOP Teens Program with the Gaston County Health Department
  • Knowledge to Action Award: I Am My Sister organization of Gastonia
  • Medical Champion Award: Dr. Velma Taormina, medical director with Gaston County Health Department
  • Inaugural Bill Seabrook “Do Something” Award: Bill Seabrook, of Gastonia

Congratulations to all the award winners!


See coverage of the ceremony in the Gaston Gazette. 

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