At a town hall meeting tomorrow at 10:00a.m. at the Yelm Senior Center, Congressman Adam Smith (09-Tacoma) will award 17-year-old Sean McCoy of Rainier the Congressional Award Bronze Medal.

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 award; he or she earns it.

To earn his Congressional Award Bronze Medal, Sean McCoy set and achieved challenging goals in four areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration. 

Sean volunteered at the Yelm Timberland Library for 100 hours.  He checked through accelerated reader lists, organized books and helped set up the summer reading program.   

For his 50 hours of personal development, Sean’s goal was to work at a comic book store and learn how it operates.  In addition to organizing comics, he learned to deal with customers both on the phone and in person.  He was also able to build a resume while at his job.  

In physical fitness, Sean’s goal was to become an adequate marksman.  Shooting three times a week, he improved his ability to hit the target from 30 percent to 100 percent and also learned proper gun safety during his 50 hours.

For his exploration/expedition, Sean challenged himself with his first overnight camping trip without his parents.  He organized the food and other supplies he would need for the trip.  

After learning that he had earned his Bronze Medal, Sean said, “I have a better sense of the real world.  I also have a better understanding of what life is going to be like on my own.”

“Congressional Award recipients like Sean represent the best of America.  They are committed to bettering themselves and to giving back to their communities,” Congressman Adam Smith said.  “It is the making and fulfilling of that commitment that makes these young people so extraordinary.”

Currently there are five young people in Congressman Adam Smith’s district working on their Congressional Awards.

The Congressional Award is a public/private partnership.  The Award raises its own operating budget entirely through private-sector donations and receives no federal funding.  Congress established the Congressional Award in 1979 as a private-public partnership to recognize and reward initiative, achievement and service in young people.

Remember that tomorrow’s Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Adam Smith is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Yelm Senior Center, located at 201 Yelm Avenue, Yelm.