Congressman Brady recognizes 49 recipients of the Congressional Award in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District
First District Congressman Bob Brady (D., PA) presented Congressional Award Medals to 49 students at Furness High School in South Philadelphia. The ceremony highlighted Congress’ highest honor for youth and recognizes young Americans who have dedicated hundreds of hours of service to their communities.
This ceremony was unique, as Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District has produced 49 Congressional Award Medalists this year— more than most districts across the nation. Receiving Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals, the participants have dedicated thousands of hours to Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development and Physical Fitness. Setting challenging yet measurable goals, participants do not win the Congressional Award, they earn it!
PHOTO: Other participants in the Award ceremony included: (from left) Ludy Soderman (Director of Multiligual Family Support for the School District of Phila); Nicole Prum (Coordinator of Program Activities, Migrant Education Program); Daniel Peou (Principal of Furness High School); Karen Lynch (Chief of Student Support Service for the School District of Phila).
(Photo by Leona Dixon)
The Congressional Award Foundation is a public-private partnership created by Congress in 1979 to promote and recognize service, initiative and achievement in America’s youth. The late Senator Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming and the late Representative James Howard of New Jersey sponsored the initial bipartisan legislation creating the Congressional Award. The program is open to young people ages 14-23, regardless of mental or physical challenges. The Congressional Award program was designed to teach participants to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character, and foster community service, personal development and citizenship.
The Congressional Award National Office, located in Washington, D.C., reviews the participant’s goals and activities as submitted in the official record book. Participants follow guidelines established in the Congressional Award Act, Public Law 96-114. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate recognize their constituents who earn the Congressional Award Medals at local, citywide or statewide ceremonies. The National Office serves as a liaison between the medalists and congressional offices.
Below is the list of the 49 awardees:
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