(Fremont County, Wyo.) – A Lander youth was last year’s winner of the Gold Wyoming Congressional Medal, awarded by the United States Congress. A service award, the medal is awarded to youth, ages 13 1/2 to 23 years, for achieving personally challenging goals in four categories. Last year’s winner, James Whiting, completed a regime of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and a wilderness/cultural experience. To be recognized, an applicant must put in 200 hours in the above categories over a seven month period.
The award was originally sponsored by Wyoming U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop and U.S. Representative James Howard of New Jersey in 1979. The applicants must keep record books of their activities together with advisors and mentors. The bronze and silver awards are awarded in April in Cheyenne and the gold winner receives their medal in June in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Diana Enzi, the wife of U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, has been on the Advisory Council of the program, and was in Riverton this month to explain the program to the Community Relations Council of the Wind River Job Corps.
The Wyoming Congressional Medial is the only service award presented to youth by the U.S. Congress.
“The goal is to create leaders for the nation,” Diana Enzi said. She is also promoting a program that would have Foster Grandparents working in each of the 124 national Job Corps Centers.
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