WASHINGTON, D.C.- Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement today congratulating two young Alaskans on their Congressional Medal achievements:
“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Leisha Anderson on her Gold Congressional Medal achievement, and to Evie Anderson on her Silver and Bronze Congressional Medal achievements,” said Rep. Young. “I had the pleasure of meeting these two young and talented Alaskans when I presented them with their medals last week in Alaska, and I can say with certainty that they are both great examples of the type of leadership our wonderful State exhibits. Leisha completed over 400 hours of volunteer community service towards achieving her Congressional Medal goal. Evie participated in more than 75 Anchorage Youth Court cases. Earning a Congressional Medal is about setting goals and achieving them through dedication and work. Congratulations to these two young ladies, and keep up the fantastic work!”
Young adults from all 50 states participate each year in the Congressional Medal program, which challenges young Americans to test themselves by setting and achieving goals. The program recognizes youth who achieve goals in personal development, physical fitness, public service, and planning and executing expeditions at levels including Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The program is voluntary, non-competitive, and medals are not won but earned, encouraging participants to better themselves in each area. Along the journey, these individuals learn about themselves, ultimately becoming determined and well-rounded individuals.
Leisha Anderson is a 20-year-old student at Corban University in Oregon, where she majors in Business Management. In addition to completing over 400 hours of voluntary service as a science center guide, Leisha planned a rafting trip from McCarthy to the junction of Copper River and Chitina River in Alaska. She began working towards her Congressional Medals at the age of 13, and completed the requirements for the Gold Medal at 19.
Evie Anderson is 17, and a 2013 graduate of Anchorage Christian School, where she was salutatorian. Evie will attend Montana State University in the fall, where she plans to major in Civil Engineering. To earn her Bronze and Silver medals, Evie dedicated more than 200 hours to participating in track and field events, ultimately beating her personal record of running the 800 meter race in under 3 minutes, finishing in 2:48. Evie’s current goal is to finish her Gold Medal requirement by the end of the year.