Thompson Recognizes Two Pennsylvania Students with Congressional Awards for Service

Aug 18, 2017

Huang, Yarger receive highest honor Congress can bestow upon youth

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson presented William Huang of State College and Sarah Yarger of West Decatur with Congressional Award Medals for achievements in their communities.

William received the Congressional Award Silver Medal for his dedication to his community, exploration into new cultures and interests, and reaching personal goals. William volunteered as an assistant at his district’s Community Education Extended Library at Radio Park Elementary where he aided students with their homework, supervised game time, and organized group games. He also volunteered as a math assistant at Forest Middle School where he lead Math League meets and competitions. William chose to immerse himself in the Chinese culture for personal development. After dedicating himself to tutoring sessions, he is now able to speak in conversations and read basic emails in Chinese. Additionally, William explored the Amish culture by visiting Over the Moon Farm in Rebersburg, Pa. for five days. He reached his personal goals of improving his basketball skills constant practice and discipline. William attends State College Area High School.

Sarah was awarded the Congressional Award Bronze Medal for her achievement of personal goals, public service to her community, and exploration of nature. Sarah aimed to strengthen her knee through practicing yoga, and pushed herself to improve her mile time from 11:22 minutes to 10 minutes. She volunteered as Assistant Scout Manager with the local Boy Scout Troop 44, where she organized activities, attended meetings and local outings, and taught advancement courses. For her personal development goals, Sarah maintained a part time job at her campus library while attending Lock Haven University. Sarah also explored Ricketts Glenn State Park where she learned more about the environment and foliage.

“It is an honor to recognize the extraordinary achievements of William and Sarah,” Rep. Thompson said. “They committed to bettering themselves, giving back to their communities, setting goals and achieving them.  They truly represent the best of America. Congratulations to William and Sarah! We are most proud of you and the example you set for all of America’s youth.”

The Congressional Award Foundation is a partnership created by Congress to promote and promote and recognize service, initiative and achievement in America’s youth. Participants, ages 14 to 23, earn the Award by setting and achieving goals in the four program areas:  Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration.