What: Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives will recognize 442 youth across 41 states at the 2018 Congressional Award Gold Medal Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
For a minimum of two years, each Gold Medalist has logged at least 800 hours across four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. The 2018 Gold Medal class is the largest in the program’s 39 year history.
Where: Three award ceremonies will take place in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room, located in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.
When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. | Ceremony One
Arizona, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
12:30 p.m. | Ceremony Two
California, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas.
3:00 p.m. | Ceremony Three
Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
Who: Approximately 1,000 attendees, including Members of Congress, youth Gold Medalists and family/friends, corporate and community leaders, and partnering organizations.
The ceremony will welcome special guests like ABC’s Jonathan Karl as Master of Ceremonies and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
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The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.