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CHS Sophomore Earns Congressional Silver Medal

Cherokee HS sophomore Rebekah Seng was recently presented the Congressional Award Silver Medal. State and Local Government Relations Director Mack Parnell from Congressman Loudermilk’s staff presented the medal to Rebekah, who is a member of the JROTC program at Cherokee HS. Only 638 students qualified for the medal in the United States this year, with only 10 recipients in Georgia.

The Congressional Award is the highest voluntary award from the United States Congress that a U.S. teenager can earn; the medals are awarded at the bronze, silver, and gold levels. The silver medal requires 100 hours of documented activity in physical fitness, 100 hours of documented time in personal development (learning something new), and 200 documented hours of volunteer service to an organization(s) that serves the greater community. In addition, applicants must complete a minimum three-day exploration/expedition activity that is completely planned and carried out by the applicant — all within a seven-month window.

JROTC Retired Colonel Eddy Stanfill was Rebekah’s advisor for the award. Rebekah earned the bronze medal last year and is on track to complete the gold medal requirements this spring.