On May 3, 2015, twenty-five young citizens were recognized by the congressional delegation for earning Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Awards. Senator John Barrasso, Secretary of State Edward F. Murray III, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow presented the medals for initiative, service and achievement at the state ceremony held in Laramie.
Grace Anderson of Devils Tower earned her Bronze Medal and was one of the twenty-five recipients. Each recipient was honored for setting challenging goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.
Goals are determined by personal interests and skills and individualized to each participant. Earning a bronze medal requires at least a seven-month commitment, while earning the gold medal involves two or more years and 400 hours of service.
The gold medalists also receive a $1,000 higher education scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the national ceremony to be held on June 17 in the U.S. Capitol.
The Wyoming Congressional Award was established in 1979 to recognize initiative, achievement and service in young people. Nationally recognized as the only youth service award given by the United States Congress, it provides students the opportunity to set personal goals to better themselves and their communities in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration. By earning the bronze, silver or gold Congressional Award, youth receive local, state and national recognition and make a lasting impact on the communities they serve. The national service award is non-competitive and invites all 13½ to 23-year-olds to pursue the challenge of earning a Congressional Award.