Washington, D.C.--Young people throughout Idaho communities are challenging themselves, learning from their achievements and inspiring their peers to contribute to community and national efforts. Idahoan Jadon Compher, of Middleton, was recently awarded the Gold Medal Congressional Award for his completion of 400 hours of voluntary public service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness and completion of an exploration trip. Congress established the Congressional Award in 1979 to recognize the achievements of American youth. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Youth 13 ½ to 23 years of age earn Congressional Award recognition for achieving personally challenging goals.
“Congratulations to Idaho’s Gold Medal Congressional Award Recipient, Jadon Compher of Middleton, and others across the nation for their efforts to set ambitious goals, work tirelessly to achieve them, and act as role models for their fellow youth through their outstanding commitment to service and personal growth,” said Senator Crapo in a congratulatory video featured during the 2021 virtual procession. “The Congressional Award Gold Medal is the highest honor bestowed upon American youth by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for their positive contributions to communities across the globe. I cannot thank our awardees enough for their efforts to better themselves and those around them, their selfless dedication to give back to their communities, and their commitment to take on tremendous challenges in their determination to improve the lives of those around them and society as a whole.”
Idaho has had 834 total medalists since the program’s inception in 1979. In past years, Senator Crapo has had the opportunity to join the Idaho Congressional Delegation in presenting Congressional Awards to young Idahoans. This year, more than 518 young Americans from across the country were honored virtually.