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Youth Council

Youth Council members climbing a tree
Youth Council members in Council Chambers
Youth Council members participate in a river cleanup
Youth Council members learn from Hickory Police Department

The Hickory Youth Council consists of 30 high school students from throughout the City who are charged with representing all the youth in the City of Hickory.

These high school students serve as an advisory council to the Hickory City Council, participate in community service projects, and hold events that build leadership skills for themselves and their peers.

The Youth Council meets on the third Monday of the month at 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. at various City facilities or community locations between August and May. The meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. See the City events calendar for upcoming meetings.

If you have any additional questions about the Youth Council, call Staff Liaison Sam Abernethy at 828-323-7558 or email

2024-2025 Youth Council Recruitment

The Hickory Youth Council is currently recruiting new members for the 2024-2025 school year. There are three vacancies remaining, two spots for Hickory High School students and one spot for a homeschooled student. Rising 9th through 12th graders living within the City of Hickory’s corporate limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are eligible to apply to serve on the Youth Council. Interested teens must complete the application below and return it by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2024.  Read the full press release.

Youth Council Application for 2024-2025 

Youth Council Members for 2024-2025

Aastha Patel, Anthem Avangeline, Britney Zulueta, Ella Sprinkle, Melinda Cassell, Nolan Tester, Terry Liu, Yareli Garcia, Kathryn Cinson, Cole Caudle, Abbi Smith, Elizabeth Cruz, Brenna Laney, Connor Dowdle, Krish Shah, Emma Sparks, Addison Duke, Harley Buff, Micaela Pope, Harper White, Miriam Wood, Aliza Kaplan, Caroline Sprinkle, Amelia Gscheidmeier, Tucker Bland, Addison Cox, Sarah Starr

Current Vacancies: Two (2) students from Hickory High School and one (1) Homeschool student

Youth Council Officers for 2024-2025

Chair - Sarah Starr
Vice Chair - Tucker Bland
Secretary - Addison Cox
Historian - Addie Duke

Representatives on other Hickory Boards and Commissions:

Community Appearance Commission - TBD
Community Relations Council - TBD
Historic Preservation Commission - TBD
International Council - TBD
Library Advisory Board - TBD
Parks and Recreation Commission - TBD
Public Art Commission - TBD