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Congressional Award Presented to Regional Youth


Rochester, MN - Representative Tim Walz presented the Silver Congressional Award today, July 26, to Utica resident Peter Hegland.

Established in 1979, the Congressional Award is the highest award for youth legislated by the United States Congress. The award focuses on four areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Exploration/Expedition.

To be awarded the silver medal, a student must contribute a minimum of 200 hours of voluntary public service, 100 hours of personal development, 100 hours of physical fitness and two consecutive overnights spent on expedition/exploration.

Peter Hegland fulfilled his public service goal by volunteering at the YMCA where he assisted at the Day Camp as a Junior Counselor. Peter also became active in his local 4-H club where he lead and organize community service projects.

To achieve his Personal Development goal, he became a 3rd Bronze Palm Eagle Scout where he worked by participating in Scoutmaster Conferences, Boards of Review, and National youth Leadership Training.  

Peter achieved his physical fitness goal by being a certified lifeguard, where he improved his strength and stamina in order to respond to emergency situations.
Lastly, Peter fulfilled his exploration/expedition goals by planning, preparing, and attending a 10-day Boy Scout of America survival camp. During this expedition he hiked 70 miles in the course of 10 days while learning how to survive in the wild.
Peter says, "Earning the Congressional Award not only taught me how to dream big, but also enabled me to learn how to accomplish my big dreams. I have experienced how hard work, dedication, and perseverance lead to fulfilling success."
Peter was home-schooled and will be attending St. Mary's University in the fall.
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