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Joyce Kazadi
North Program Manager
Congressional Award National Office
PO Box 77440
Washington, DC 20013

Phone: (202) 226-0130
Fax: (202) 226-0131
Email: email

Council Board:

Joshua Stockstill, President
Gwen Reed, Vice President
Bea Sanders, Treasurer
Tina Zubeck, Secretary
Tim & Julie Andersen
Sherry Ernst
Michelle Esswein
Sean King
John Kurtz
Colleen Murphy
Shannon Spellman
Logan Stanley
Kathy Swan
Mary Walsh
Nate Witt
Stacey Weddle
Dr. Paul Ziegler

Missouri Congressional Award Council
12555 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

  Message from the Former Council President

Mike Esser, President of the Missouri Congressional Award CouncilThe Missouri Congressional Awards Council was established in June of 1994 by then US Senator John Danforth. Over the years the all-volunteer council has served the youth of Missouri by not only fostering participation in the Congressional Award program, but also by conducting an annual state-wide ceremony for bronze and silver medal recipients.

Working with national partnersing organizations, Character Plus, the St Louis Irish Arts, Boy Scouts of America, Girls Scouts of the USA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, participation among youth in the state has grown tremendously. In 2008, the council was proud to watch the Honorable Ike Skelton present a record 29 awards at its ceremony at the Missouri Governors Mansion.

If you or your organizaton would like more information on the award, please don't hesitate to contact any one of our board members. We look forward to working with you for the betterment of America's youth.


Mike Esser
President, Missouri Congressional Award Council


  Missouri State Ceremony    

St. Louis Irish Arts at the 2008 Missouri State Ceremony


Each year, the Missouri Congressional Award Council celebrates the accomplishments of its Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalists through its annual Statewide Ceremony. The May event brings together medalists from across the state for a ceremony in Jefferson City.

The Congressional Award National Office is excited to announce that the Missouri State Council will host the 2013 Congressional Award Statewide Ceremony in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Saturday April 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM. With Special Guest Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO02).  All RSVP forms are due to the National Office by April 12, 2013.

Since 2009, the Missouri State Ceremony has taken place in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol Building. Representative Vicky Hartzler (MO04) presented medalists at the 2011 Statewide Ceremony. Thirteen Congressional Award Medalists were presented at the 2012 Missouri State Ceremony which took place May 19 with Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO09).

Above: Advisor Helen Gannon (front, right) with Congressional Award Medalists from the St. Louis Irish Arts program.


  Participant Spotlight - Reaching for Excellence


Video courtesy of Fox News Channel 4 in Kansas City.

Brandon Bachar, Taylor Schwartz and Jeremy Terman earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal in 2012.

The three Medalists are graduates of The Barstow School in Kansas City, Missouri.

The school has produced many Congressional Award Medalists over the years thanks, in part, to the dedication of educators like Susan Harper, who willingly serve as Advisors.


  Congressional Award Video

The Missouri Congressional Award Council dedicated a large part of 2008 to promoting the Award to youth throughout the state. Our board has seen tremendous success in reaching out to schools and partnering organizations.

In 2008, the Council also made it our goal to create a promotional video that could reach even more youth in Missouri. In this video created by Gold Medalist Chris Weddle, Missouri captures the spirit of the Congressional Award as seen through its medalists, advisors, and board members.

To see the 30-Second Promotional Video also created by the Missouri Council, Click Here.


  Receive Email Updates!!!

Sign up to receive Congressional Award Updates!!!Sign up to receive email updates about the Congressional Award and the Missouri Congressional Award Council!!!

By signing up to receive email updates, you will be included on information and news about the Missouri Council. You will alerted of ceremony dates and details once they are set for the year. You will also be notified of approaching Record Book deadlines to be included in that year's state-wide ceremony. The National Office will also include you in our quarterly newsletter which will include program updates and various opportunities for participants and adult volunteers.

Youth, Advisors, Promoters, and parents who wish to receive updates about the should SIGN UP HERE!


  Gold Intern Opportunity
  Congressional Award Gold MedalOpportunities are available for past Congressional Award Gold Medalists to apply for semester internship positions at the Congressional Award National Office in Washington, DC. The intern will work with Program Managers to promote the Congressional Award to Members of Congress, youth organizations, schools, Congressional Award Advisors and state/local media. He/she will assist in program operations and events throughout the semester. The intern must be an innovative thinker and team player. An effective candidate will have excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Please submit a letter of interest with resume and writing sample to the National Office, attention: Mark Stevans.


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