On Wednesday, January 30st, Congresswoman Betty McCollum presented the Silver Medal Congressional Award to Gabriela Anderson, a constituent of the 4th District and resident of Saint Paul, MN, for her extensive volunteerism and commitment to the community.
"I am honored to present this prestigious award to Gabriela Anderson," Congresswoman McCollum stated. "Even as a young adult, Gabriela has displayed a penchant towards hard work, compassion, and a devotion to serve our communities in need. Byleading through action, she is a worthy role model for her peers and otherscommunity. These values will serve Gabriela and our community well into the future. I thank her for her volunteer work and wish her the best in her future endeavors."
Gabriela, a Senior at Central High School, completed over 200 hours of voluntary publicservice over the course of seven months. As a talented musician, Gabriella provided free piano lessons to low-income students and volunteered on weekends at local nursing homes, playing music during dinners. Outside of local volunteer efforts, Gabriela participated in a five-day trip to Bucahrest, Romania where she immersed herself in an exciting new culture and practicedlanguage skills.
The Congressional Award was established in 1979 to recognize exemplary initiative, service and achievement in young people, and is the highest Congressional honor to bestow upon America's youth. To receive an award, a candidate must display a variety of skills complementing, voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.