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Efforts bring medals

Little, Herring, Knotwell and Powell earn congressional medals, trips


Photos courtesy Sammy Baysingser of S.Bay Photography

Above, from left, Jarom Herring, McKenzie Powell, Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi, Konnar Knotwell and Riley Little. The group also visited Secretary of State Edward F. Murray and others.

On April 23, 147 youths were recognized by the congressional delegation for earning Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Awards. Senator John Barrasso, Senator Mike Enzi, Secretary of State Edward F. Murray III and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow presented the medals for initiative, service and achievement at a ceremony held in Cheyenne.

Of the 147, four were from Carbon County. Earning a Bronze medal was Riley Little of Saratoga. In order to earn her medal, Little completed 100 hours of volunteer service, 50 hours of personal development, 50 hours of physical fitness and executed a one night exploration.

The Gold Congressional Award is the most prestigious award for youth and the only award given to students from Congress. In order to earn the Gold Congressional Award, participants must complete at least 400 hours of volunteer service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness and execute a four night and five day exploration or expedition. Earning Gold medals were Jarom Herring and McKenzie Powell, both of Encampment.

Konnar Knotwell, of Encampment, earned both Silver and Gold Medals.

The gold medalists also receive a $2,000 higher education scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. for a ceremony to be held on June 21 in the nation's Capitol.

About the Wyoming Congressional Award:

The Wyoming Congressional Award was established in 1979 to recognize initiative, achievement and service in young people. Nationally recognized as the only youth service award given by the United States Congress, it provides students the opportunity to set personal goals to better themselves and their communities in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration. By earning the bronze, silver or gold Congressional Award, youth receive local, state and national recognition and make a lasting impact on the communities they serve. The national service award is non-competitive and invites all 13 1/2 to 23 year olds to pursue the challenge of earning a Congressional Award. For more information, visit


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