Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) welcomed students from the 11th Congressional District to Washington, D.C. Thursday to receive Congressional Gold Medal Awards.
Recipients included Sarah Williams of Pleasanton and Kristen and Stephanie Glass of Danville. Each student dedicated many hours to volunteering, personal development and physical fitness in order to achieve their gold medals, the program's highest commendation.
Williams, a student at Valley Christian in Dublin, completed thousands of volunteer hours through her Creative Kindness blanket project that ultimately produced over 2,000 blankets for foster care children. She also plays volleyball and recently took second place at the Junior Art Division at the Alameda County Art Show. The Pleasanton Weekly had a story in the Feb. 13 edition (click here) about Williams going for the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Kristen Glass completed over 650 volunteer hours through Make It or Break It, a nonprofit she co-founded with her sister dedicated to educating children and teenagers about the importance of bone health. She also plays competitive tennis and sings.
Stephanie Glass completed over 600 volunteer hours working for Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and educating young children about the importance of bone health through Make It or Break It. She also plays competitive tennis and serves as a class representative at her high school.
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress' award for young Americans. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds who work to earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.