“It is a privilege to see young students like Jessica and Max demonstrating such a commitment to strengthening our communities. Their ability to complete challenging personal goals demonstrates determination and focus. They should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.

“To earn the Bronze Congressional Award Medal, Jessica volunteered more than 400 hours, primarily with Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, where she is a member of the youth advisory board, and at the Seattle Humane Society, where she is a teen leader.  Max earned his Silver metal and his Eagle Scout Badge by volunteering extensively with various environmental organizations, including Earth Corps. He also volunteered Seattle Music Partners, where he provided trombone lessons to students at Leschi Elementary School. In addition to their public service, both Max and Jessica set and achieved lofty personal development and fitness goals. I look forward to seeing the contributions both students will have to their community as future leaders. I wish both Max and Jessica the best as they continue to work toward the Gold Congressional Award Medal, the government’s highest honor for the country’s most ambitious youths.”

The Congressional Award was established in 1979 in order to recognize initiative, achievement, and service in young Americans. Since its inception, participating teens have logged more than 7.5 million volunteer hours.