LHWHS senior Rhea Patney has earned the United States Congressional Award Gold Medal.
The Congressional Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
It has bronze, silver, and gold achievement levels and is given to students who set goals and excel in four areas of individual growth: volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.
In order to earn a Gold Medal, participants must complete at least 400 hours of volunteer service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness, and plan and execute a five-day immersion in an unfamiliar environment or culture.
All Gold Medal recipients are scheduled to be recognized at a formal Gold Medal Ceremony in 2022.
Participants can register for the award program when they turn 13 ½ years old and must complete their activities by their 24th birthday.
Once registered, participants work with an advisor to complete their goals and record progress.