Teen earns Congressional Award Gold Medal honor
— A Preston teen was recognized by the Caroline County commissioners at their meeting Tuesday, July 24, for receiving a Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest honor the U.S. Congress gives to a youth citizen.
Sarah Morris, who graduated in June from Sts. Peter and Paul High School in Easton,
was one of 442 youth from 41 states — and the only one from Maryland’s 1st Congressional District — to receive the honor this year.
To earn the award, Morris had to log hundreds of hours over a minimum of two years in four areas: Voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.
Morris said she volunteered with the Talbot Humane Society and the Salisbury Zoo, coached kids in swimming, played field hockey and tennis and traced the “evolution of freedom” by visiting Jamestown and Yorktown in Virginia and following the Frederick Douglass Driving Tour and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.
She tracked her hours and activities in a record book, including logistical information and answers to essay questions, which was then validated by Chad Dean, one of Morris’s history teachers at Sts. Peter and Paul, and sent for review.
A ceremony recognizing all Gold Medal recipients was held June 21 in Washington, D.C.
“This was a very interesting experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it,” Morris said.
The commissioners gave Morris a special commendation, recognizing her valuable contribution to both her community and herself.
The Congressional Award Program is open to all youth. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, based on the number of hours of service required in each of the four program areas. Youth can register with the program when they reach 13.5 years of age; all activities must be completed by their 24th birthday.
For more information, visit www.congressionalaward.org.
Sarah Morris, center, of Preston, was recently recognized by the Caroline County commissioners at their meeting Tuesday, July 24, for receiving a Congressional Award Gold Medal. Also pictured are, left to right, Chad Dean, Morris’s history teacher at...