On behalf of the 10th Congressional District of Virginia, Rep. Frank R. Wolf recently presented bronze and silver Congressional Awards to several Northern Virginia residents.
The Congressional Award Program is designed to recognize the initiative, achievement and excellence of young persons age 14 through 23 who achieve high goals in voluntary public service and personal development activities with the presentation of a bronze, silver or gold medal by a member of Congress.
Recipients for the bronze award must be between the ages of 14 and 17 and have completed 200 activity hours: 100 hours in voluntary public service, 50 hours in personal development activities and 50 hours in physical development activities.
Bronze award winners were Deborah Ann Berkowits, 16, of McLean High School, for working as a Candy Striper at Arlington Hospital and participating in activities arranged through her church's youth group;
Jae-yun Cha, 14, of McLean High School, for visiting residents of a nursing home, participating as an active member of the charity committee of her church's youth group, providing support for World Vision, serving as assistant to McLean High School science department chairman, and helping science and elementary school teachers;
Jisoo Cha, 16, of McLean High School, for serving as a teaching assistant during summer Bible school, organizing and participating in church services and youth choir, holding an office in the church youth group, serving as editor for the church youth magazine, organizing a Thanksgiving celebration senior banquet and Christmas gift exchange and participating in Keyette service activities, which included assisting with bloodmobile donations, distributing box dinners for the needy, construction of a playground and collecting funds for cystic fibrosis;
Debra Dawn Cluff, 16, of Langley High School, for working as a Candy Striper at Fairfax Hospital and serving as manager of the varsity basketball team;
Heather Lynn Delahanty, 16, of McLean High School, for serving as a library aide responsible for organizing and maintaining periodicals, visiting a nursing home and participating in a peer counseling program;
Kristin Anne-Alexis James, 16, of McLean High School, for participating in a nursing home program that included a variety of group activities and meeting with individual residents;
Andrew Douglas Price, 16, of McLean High School, for participating in Key Club service projects supporting those in need, completing Eagle Scout service projects involving the construction of an outdoor recreation area and walking path;
Paul Louis Rodriguez, 15, of McLean High School, for participating in Key Club service projects supporting those in need and assisting at regular church services;
Deborah Marie Scoffone, 16, of Washington-Lee High School, for working as a Candy Striper and youth volunteer for Arlington Hospital;
Margaret Kathleen Smith, 16, of McLean High School, for participating in the Keyette Club, which raised funds for cystic fibrosis, collected food for the needy, spent evenings with the elderly, and visited residents at St. Elizabeths Hospital;
Andre Kennard Williams, 16, of McLean High School, for participating in a church youth group, providing assistance to the needy, the elderly and delinquent youths, serving as vice president of a church singing group that performs for charitable events and works with hospitals, retirement homes and urban developments;
Maureen Wolthuis, 16, of McLean High School, who served as class president, participated in the Keyette Club, which included work on projects with the elderly, children and the needy and participated in church projects for the needy.
Recipients of the Silver Award are between the ages of 17 and 20 and have completed 400 activity hours: 200 hours in voluntary public service, 100 hours in personal development activities and 100 hours in physical development activities. The silver award winners were Jeremy Jon Billy, 17, of South Lakes High School, for participating in the Key Club, which included working in the Head Start program, fund raising for cystic fibrosis and organizing a Red Cross blood drive, working with other students in a peer counseling program, tutoring students through an Honor Society program, and volunteering to assist with track event officiating;
Karen Elizabeth Bradford, 17, of Washington-Lee High School, for participating in a dance group that performs for nursing homes, churches, centers for the handicapped, fairs and other community centers and working as a volunteer at Washington-Lee to enhance the physical plant;
Dana Lynn Brick, 17, of Oakton High School, for being a youth deacon at her church, serving as church youth program coordinator, participating in local service projects that included visits to nursing homes, repairing homes of the needy, participating in organizations dedicated to improving the welfare of others and working on annual mission projects in Tennessee, Maine and New York;
Glen David Gaddy, 18, of Johns Hopkins University, for researching differences in protein and enzyme compositions of saliva for the NIH in the National Institute of Dental Research during his high school years, contributing to further analysis of disorders affecting the secretory system that may yield diagnostic methods for debilitating diseases;
Julie Loraine Gantz, 17, of McLean High School, for participating in Keyette service activities such as assisting with donations to the Red Cross Bloodmobile, construction of two elementary school playgrounds, fund collection for cystic fibrosis, visiting St. Elizabeths Hospital and assisting a high school math teacher;
Kathleen Marie Gelven, 17, of McLean High School, for establishing and teaching an advance therapy program at a local nursing home using ballet and jazz for therapeutic exercise and creative expression, holding several offices in her church youth group, organizing and assisting with numerous volunteer services for the needy, and sharing her musical and dance talents with her parish and community;
Monessa L. Hart, 18, of Mary Washington College, for managing a church puppet team that performed for churches, parks, hospitals and hospices, meeting biweekly with residents of a retirement home to discuss current events and participating in a Salvation Army mission trip;
Rachel Ann Hutchison, 17, of McLean High School, for participating in Keyette service projects, including assisting with a Bloodmobile drive, constructing a playground, collecting food donations for the needy, coaching a girls' basketball team, assisting a chemistry teacher, and playing with the McLean High School Chamber Players for charity functions;
Randall Scott Reed, 18, of Oakton High School, for participating in the youth choir at his church, which involved touring to perform in other churches; working on summer mission projects in Tennessee and Ohio; participating in an effort to help provide funds for the needy abroad, and working on a conservation project;
Laura Ann Staubes, 17, of McLean High School, for working as a Candy Striper at Fairfax Hospital on the pediatric ward;
Edward Kent Wheaton, 17, of McLean High School, for planning and building a picnic area for the use of church members and residents of a retirement home;
Sandra J. Wilcox, 17, of Langley High School, for serving as assistant Brownie troop leader, acting as a guide at the C&O Canal lock house, providing dance instruction for a children's group, participating in a group working with underprivileged children in Washington, D.C., volunteering as an usher and ticket salesperson at Langley theater productions, participating in youth group activities including visits to nursing home residents and singing in a choir, as well as participating on the high school Student Coordinating Council;
DeAnn Lynne Jones, 18, of Chantilly High School, for serving as a member of the volunteer rescue squad in Purcellville, Va., including responding to emergency calls, giving safety talks to youth groups and teaching CPR classes and participating in Special Olympics as a volunteer gymnastics coach for handicapped children.