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."
Representing the fifth district of Virginia, Congressman Riggleman presented both medals to Stolz in front of the entire Upper School in Grisham Hall.
"I am incredibly proud to have presented Ashlyn with the Congressional Awards this morning. She is an incredibly deserving recipient and I am impressed by the amazing work she did in her community," he said.
Stolz is working on achieving the next level of the program, a gold medal, which requires 400 hours of voluntary service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness, five days of exploration, and a total of 24 months of activity.