Enzi and Barrasso introduce legislation to reauthorize award for young Americans

GOP Senators Mike Enzi (left) and John Barrasso (right) during a Casper business luncheon in Summer of 2017. (File)

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., introduced legislation today to reauthorize the Congressional Awards program, the United States Congress’s award for young Americans.

“The Congressional Award is a wonderful program that rewards students across the country for volunteerism and personal development,” Enzi said. “Every year I am amazed by the kids from Wyoming that work so hard to earn these prestigious awards. Last year, Wyoming students accounted for nearly 10 percent of all those Congressional Gold Medalists. I am proud to introduce the reauthorization of this program.”

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“Senator Malcolm Wallop created the Congressional Award as an opportunity to recognize the initiative, achievement and service of young people,” Barrasso said. “This award isn’t something anyone selects you for – it is something you earn through your own perseverance and sacrifice. It’s been my privilege to witness the success of this program, both in Wyoming and around the country. Senator Enzi and I will work to make sure this incredible program continues to be around for a long time.”

First introduced by Wyoming Senator Malcolm Wallop in 1979, the non-partisan and voluntary program is open to everyone ages 13 1/2 to 23. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.