SMCHS applauds Caroline Sanders ’22, who was awarded the bronze and silver the United States Congressional Award medals for the 45th district. The United States Congressional Award recognizes four distinct areas that are completed over time. It is a nonpartisan and voluntary award open to all youth ages 14 to age 23. The four areas are volunteer public service, physical fitness, personal development and cultural exploration.
Sanders learned about the medal as a 7th grader as a member of Lion’s Heart, a non-profit service organization. She began working toward the medal in 9th grade. In order to qualify for the award each section of the medal is worked on consistently over time, with a dedicated sponsor. Goals are submitted and tracked by the sponsor. Medals are historically awarded in Washington D.C. or regionally by members of congress.
The goal of the medal is to encourage the personal growth of high school students, giving back and learning about other cultures. Gold, silver and bronze medal levels have different volunteer service hour requirements.