Catawba Valley Pride 2014
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014
Planning is underway for 2014′s scaled down event to be held at Stanford Park (Highland Recreation Center)
Vendor spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis
For-Profit Vendors: $25
Volunteers and Board Members are always needed.
VOLUNTEERS: Fill out an application and send to
Catawba Valley Pride
PO Box 3551
Hickory, NC 28603
Catawba Valley Pride 2014 Scholarship Winners
Catawba Valley Pride is pleased to announce the scholarship winners for 2014. Jordan Terry Canterbury of Hickory NC and Jorge Bautista Hernandez of Newton NC have each been awarded a $500.00 scholarship from Catawba Valley Pride.
Jordan and Jorge both come from diverse but different backgrounds and have been active academically, with varied public/non-profit organizations as well as other extracurricular activities. Jordan will be attending Appalachian State University studying secondary English education and secondary Mathematics education and Jorge will be attending Appalachian State University studying marketing with a minor in Spanish. This scholarship is awarded to a Catawba, Burke, Caldwell, Alexander, Iredell or Lincoln County resident and must be either a student who is LGBT or a straight ally. The applicant must demonstrate service to the LGBT community or a desire to serve the LGBT community. The applicant must also be a high school senior.
As Jordan beautifully states in his essay…
In my small school of under 400 students, I am one of very few LGBT students. Because of this, I have always felt very afraid to be completely honest with my classmates about who I am; the fear of rejection and hatred has consumed me for years. Because of my experiences throughout high school, I have grown beyond that fear, and now I am completely and assuredly comfortable with myself. Now that I love myself, I know it is time for me to share the love with everyone around me , in a never ending effort to bring an era of love and acceptance to the world.
Jorge boldly states…
I have found it so liberating to stop letting other’s opinion’s and judgments guide my life and to start setting goals and fulfilling them as well as my aspirations to guide my life. I attribute much of my attitude and perspective on life to my mother and teachers as well as through observing situations in life where successful people are being themselves and being happy in their careers and profession.
It is Catawba Valley Pride’s hope that these individuals will use this scholarship to continue their education while putting a spotlight on “equality!” Catawba Valley Pride is proud to be giving these students the ability to follow their career path of choice as well as supporting them in their freedom to be who they truly are.