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Character Counts awards will be going out this Wednesday in celebration of area youth achievements.

Over the next few days, we will be meeting the thirteen who have been nominated for this year's American Youth Character Awards.

First, we have Jake Magnuson, a senior at Bishop Ryan high school, who says that being involved with younger students is one way to lead others in a positive direction.

(Jacob Magnuson, Bishop Ryan High School) "Working with the younger students. Mostly like elementary and junior high, and just setting a good example for them for when they get older, to kind of welcome new kids into the school and just have a good atmosphere around the school."

Next, we meet McKenna Hodenfield, a senior at Minot High school who is active in school and church.

She has also spent the past year nannying a 6 year old autistic girl, and doing group projects for the community.

She says it has shown her what true character means.

(McKenna Hodenfield, Magic City Campus High School) "It feels really good after you do stuff like that. You not only make other people feel better, but you make yourself feel better by doing those things, because to do projects like that, it doesn't take just one person, it takes a lot of people to get a lot of things done. So I just like to help."

Courtney Aarseth is a senior at Bishop Ryan High School, who is active in honor society, student council, and recently shaved her head to donate to "locks of love" to show support to those with cancer.

She says that lending a helping hand whenever you can, is one of the most important parts of having good character.

(Courtney Aarseth, Bishop Ryan High School) "I think just seeing the devastation that the world is going through, I just got back from DC for "March for Life" and just seeing the poverty there - it just has compelled me to help. And with cancer, my grandparents went through cancer, and it just showed me that I needed to help. Because if you can help, you need to help."

Finally, we have Brenna Tschetter, an eighth grader at Erik Ramstad Middle School.

Brenna is involved in sports, student council, and has maintained a 4.0 GPA.

She says that including everybody and keeping a positive attitude is how she displays character.

(Brenna Tschetter, Erik Ramstad Middle School) "Really, if you just make things fun - you can make any situation into a fun situation. So it's really how you look at things, and take life and just make the best of it."

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