SUMMIT NJ — Kaitlyn King, a Clark resident and Arthur L. Johnson High School student was among 92 New Jersey youth who were awarded a Congressional Award at the 2018 New Jersey Congressional Award Ceremony, held on Saturday, September 8.

Clark Superintendent Ed Grande was quick to recognize King’s accomplishments on behalf of the district.  "Kaitlyn’s Congressional Award has provided her with very well-deserved recognition at the national level. Our entire school community is extremely proud of her," stated Grande. 

According to the Congressional Award website, the foundation is the United States Congress’ only charity. The program is described as non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities by their 24th  birthday.

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U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (NJ-07) gave a keynote address during the ceremony stressing the value of accomplishment.   “The Congressional Award highlights the incredible volunteerism and community spirit of many young Americans from all walks of life and from each corner of the United States. Our New Jersey students did a tremendous job and our medalists have bettered their neighborhoods, helped those in need, and inspired friends and family to take up public service. I commend all participants and their advisors for their good work. Congratulations to the 2018 Congressional Award recipients,” said Lance.

Participants can 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: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.  The site also indicates there is no minimum grade point average required and accommodates youth with special needs or disabilities willing to take the challenge. 

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