Congressional Awards

As a member of Congress, I have many opportunities to meet with Idahoans and to honor excellence in our state. The Congressional Award was created by Congress to recognize and promote achievement, initiative and service in America's youth. I am proud that Idaho has one of the highest participation rates in this distinguished program. I have been fortunate to participate in ceremonies both in Idaho and in Washington D.C. recognizing those who earn medals in the program.

Congressional Awards focus on four areas:

1) voluntary public service;

2) personal development;

3) physical fitness; and

4) expedition/exploration activities.

Involvement in activities like 4-H, aerobics, school and community sports, camping and other outdoor activities, high school clubs and activities, and other extra-curricular activities will help you achieve medal status in the Congressional Awards.

Program Information

Since 1979, more than five thousand people throughout the country have received awards and recognition. They have provided more than 750,000 hours of voluntary community service, and I am thrilled with Idaho's contribution to this effort. Volunteer work has been done in hospitals, schools, forests, food drives, senior citizen homes, museums and public service organizations. The organizations benefit tremendously from the volunteer assistance, but the youth who volunteer benefit even more. Such experiences help us learn more about the community around us and provide us with broader insight into ourselves. Service always boosts the self-esteem of those performing the service.

Idaho has led the nation in participation and progress in the Congressional Awards program. When you break that down into community service and growth experiences, Idaho's youth have set a fine example. The Congressional Awards program gives excellent opportunities to strengthen our youth, our community, and our state.

Additional information is available at the Congressional Awards website. For more information or to register, please contact the organization's national office. Specific questions regarding Idaho's youth participants can be directed to Mark Stevans.

2012 Medal Recipients

Gold Medal Recipients

  1. April Adamson (Kimberly)
  2. Vincent Adamson (Kimberly)
  3. Blake Alfson (Hayden Lake)
  4. Austin Day (Jerome)
  5. Dylan Dobbs (Twin Falls)
  6. Silas Domy (Kellogg)
  7. Jordan Finney (Coeur d'Alene)
  8. Esther Frederick (Meridian)
  9. Claire Goss (Jerome)
  10. Kaylee Kostka (Heyburn)
  11. Chase McKelvey (Twin Falls)
  12. Angela Renn (Nampa)
  13. Ian Richter (Eagle)
  14. Muriel Shannon (Caldwell)
  15. Ben Strausbaugh (Twin Falls)

Silver Medal Recipients

  1. Michael Cole (Athol)
  2. Jared Berry (Twin Falls)
  3. Julia Broderick (Hailey)
  4. Madison Dahlquist (Jerome)
  5. Megan Fox (Meridian)
  6. Morgan Fox (East Port)
  7. Matthew Liscinski (Caldwell)
  8. Joslyn Lyman (Kimberly)
  9. Jackson Madden (Potlatch)
  10. Carmen Perez (Twin Falls)
  11. Jericho Schroeder (Kimberly)
  12. Devon Sherrerd (Ketchum)
  13. Lacey Teske (Twin Falls)
  14. Jake Wright (Meridian)

Bronze Medal Recipients

  1. Rebecca Corgatelli (Idaho Falls)
  2. Elizabeth Stoker (Nampa)
  3. Hannah Blessing (Boise)
  4. Luke Burgett (Twin Falls)
  5. Sophia Carkonen (Sun Valley)
  6. Kathryne Day (Jerome)
  7. Marie Di Lucca (Jerome)
  8. Jacob Drexler (Boise)
  9. Emily Esquivel (Nampa)
  10. Kylie Falk (Boise)
  11. Stephen Grammer (Coeur d'Alene)
  12. Ashlynn Hall (Twin Falls)
  13. Alexandra Harten (Hailey)
  14. Joshua Heisey (Coeur d'Alene)
  15. Shauna Hill (Eagle)
  16. Andrew Klosterman (Eagle)
  17. Kimberly Nordquist (Boise)
  18. Michaella Owens (Kimberly)
  19. Andrew Puksta (Weippe)
  20. Megan Riley (Meridian)
  21. Christiana Stone (Nampa)
  22. Sierra Stucki (Kimberly)
  23. Janice Witherspoon (Jerome)
Last updated 04/23/2013