Four Powell High School students were recently recognized by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney. They were among 47 outstanding Wyoming youth to earn bronze, …
Four Powell High School students were recently recognized by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney. They were among 47 outstanding Wyoming youth to earn bronze, silver and gold Congressional Awards. The medal ceremony was held at the Cheyenne Civic Center on Sunday.
Ashlyn Aguirre recieved gold and silver medals, Crandell Sanders earned a gold medal while Kaitlyn Beavers and Allison Morrison each received silver medals.
The Gold Congressional Award is the most prestigious award for youth and the only award given to students by the U.S. Congress. In order to earn the Gold Congressional Award, participants must complete at least 400 hours of volunteer service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness and execute a four-night and five-day exploration or expedition.
Every medalist achieved a set of challenging goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/ exploration.
Earning a bronze medal requires at least a seven-month commitment, completing 100 hours of volunteer service, 50 hours of personal development, 50 hours of physical fitness and executing a one-night exploration or expedition. To earn a silver medal, participants completed another 100 hours of service, 100 hours of personal development and 100 hours of physical fitness in addition to executing a two-night exploration or expedition.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, ‘Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.’ These young men and women have certainly done that time and time again,” Pat Thomas, president of Wyoming Congressional Awards Council, said at Sunday’s ceremony. “They have shown perseverance through the last year with COVID and have made things happen.”
“Earning a Congressional Medal takes commitment, grit, and a substantial amount of time over several years, and each of our communities have benefitted because these young Wyomingites have passed all the pebbles in their paths,” Thomas said.
The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and award program for youth. First introduced by Wyoming Sen. Malcolm Wallop in 1979, the non-partisan and voluntary program is open to everyone ages 13 1/2 to 23. For more information, visit www.wcac.us.