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Higgins Presents Local Student with Congressional Medal Award

May 26, 2017
Press Release

GRAND COTEAU, LA – Congressman Higgins presented Berchmans Academy student Adam Bobbs with the Congressional Award Silver Medal during a ceremony in Grand Coteau this morning.

“Congressional Award recipients represent the best of our nation’s young people,” said Rep. Higgins. “Adam’s achievements are quite remarkable. His dedication to the Lafayette community and his countless hours of personal development and service to his fellow man make Adam well-deserving of this tremendous accomplishment.”

The Congressional Award is the highest honor that the United States Congress can bestow upon a young person, and more than 48,000 youth logging 7.5 million hours of service have been recognized nationwide since 1979.

 “This award means a great deal to me, and to have it presented by Representative Higgins is an honor,” said award recipient Adam Bobbs. “I’m extremely grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had to better myself and serve my community.”

Award recipients must set and successfully complete personally challenging goals in four program areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.

Adam logged more than 200 hours of service at St. Joseph’s Diner, the United Way, and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He took a mission trip to Nicaragua to help ensure that the community had clean water and safe schools. Adam challenged his mental ability by joining the Quiz Bowl team and stayed physically fit as a member of the football team at Berchmans Academy. For the expedition component, Adam traveled to France to learn about French culture.

“It’s outstanding to know that young people like Adam are making Southwest Louisiana a better place,” said Rep. Higgins. “It’s a privilege to present him with the Congressional Award Silver Medal today, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this talented young man.”

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About the Congressional Award

The Congressional Award is a public-private partnership created by Congress in 1979 to promote and recognize achievement, initiative and service in America’s youth, ages 14 to 24. The Congressional Award provides a unique opportunity for young people to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development and citizenship. All young people are equally able to earn the Congressional Award, because goals are set based on individual interest, need and ability. A young person is not selected to receive the Congressional Award; he or she earns it. Since its inception, more than 48,000 youth have been awarded and more than 7.5 million hours of service have been logged by participants.