Congressman Jerry McNerney (D., Pleasanton) presented Amador Valley High School sophomore Claire Williams with bronze and silver Congressional awards on Tuesday, during a visit to her leadership class, for her work in public service, personal development, fitness and exploration. In presenting the award, McNerney challenged other students in the class to "get really good at something you love to do. … just shine at that and you'll go far."
Williams will receive a gold award June 23, following in the footsteps of her sister, Sarah, who was also so honored. To earn the awards, Claire Williams taught literacy at the Pleasanton Library, served meals at the Open Heart Kitchen and help put on event for children in foster care, completing more than 600 hours of public service. She also mastered Beethoven's Sonatina in G Major, studied music theory and raised her level of piano playing for the personal development component, and increased her strength, power and endurance to advance to the premier double slot in varsity tennis. Williams also completed a trip to Italy, where she immersed herself in the culture and traced her great-great-grandfather's journey to the U.S.