On Monday, March 18, Congressman Denver L. Riggleman presented Ashlyn Stolz '19 with bronze and silver Congressional Award Medals for completing the requirements of both levels of the program designed to encourage young adults to set personal goals, achieve them, and develop strong character throughout the journey.
Stolz began her quest in the eighth grade, and has since logged more than 500 hours of community service, countless hours of physical fitness and personal development, and at least three days on an expedition/exploration.
"The program is something that I've spent most of my summers, and throughout the school year, volunteering and putting in a lot of hours into. Since I've devoted so much time to it, it has sort of shaped my life," said Stolz of her time working towards her goals.
"I've learned a lot from all of the community service I've done. I've done community service all over the country, so it shows you different aspects of life. One of the most meaningful experiences I've had was working for Battle Dawgs in Alaska, an organization that works with veterans with PTSD. I learned so much about what it means to serve your country, and that shaped how I feel about our country."