WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Congress recognized exemplary young adults throughout the country last week and presented them with the Congressional Award Gold Medal.
Guam resident Athena McNinch was among this year’s honorees, receiving the Congressional Award’s highest achievement, the Gold Medal.
McNinch is a recent graduate of the University of Guam where she received her bachelor of criminal justice and public administration this past May 2018.
She was recognized for her work with numerous non-profit organizations, volunteering over 800 hours of community service. She is a Truman Scholar and is currently interning in Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo’s Washington, D.C. office.
The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ award for young Americans and recognizing outstanding achievement in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. This year, Guam was recognized for having the highest number of new Congressional Award participants in the nation, with 80 new youth and young adults signing up to participate.
“The Congressional Award is an opportunity for youth and young adults to become involved in our community and develop skills that will benefit them in the future. I am proud to support the Congressional Award program and recognizing these exemplary individuals for their leadership and service on Guam and throughout our country,” said Bordallo. “Today, I was pleased to join my colleagues in recognizing Guam’s own Athena McNinch for attaining the Congressional Award’s highest level, the Gold Medal. Athena has gone above and beyond in her service activities. I am proud of her achievements and look forward to her continuing to give back to our community.” (PR)