On Friday, March 31 Congressman John Larson made a very special visit to Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. The Congressman came to award junior Dylan Rispoli of Windsor both the Bronze and Silver Congressional Medals, honors bestowed upon students who set and achieve challenging goals.
Congressional Award recipients are committed to bettering themselves and giving back to their communities. By creating and achieving their personal goals, they stand out amongst their peers. To earn a Congressional Medal, the young person must accomplish goals in four areas: public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration. Congress established the Congressional Award in 1979, and it was originally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter.
Dylan Rispoli, a proud member of the Northwest Catholic community, achieved his public service goal by volunteering with Foodshare; his personal development goal by improving his public speaking skills through NWC’s Mock Trial Team; his physical fitness goals by participating on the school’s cross country and track teams; and his exploration goal by hiking in the White Mountains. This unique program recognizes achievement, initiative, and service in America’s youth. A young person is not selected to receive this prestigious award: he or she must earn it.
To learn more about the Congressional Award Program, visit congressionalaward.org, and to learn more about Northwest Catholic High School, visit northwestcatholic.org. To see more photos from this special event, visit http://bit.do/RispoliEarnsCongressionalMedals.