Teen earns Con­gres­sional Award Gold Medal honor

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By ABBY AN­DREWS

aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

— 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.

PHOTO BY ABBY AN­DREWS

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...

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