Clyburn Presents Congressional Award Silver & Bronze Medals to Florence Student

Jun 6, 2006 Issues: Education

(Florence, SC) – Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn presented rising high school senior, Matthew Self, the Congressional Award Silver and Bronze medals on Monday in Florence, South Carolina.  The 18-year-old, home-schooled Florence resident has earned the Congressional Awards through his commitment to serving his community and building his character through learning about responsibility, citizenship, and organization. 

In order to earn the silver medal, Matthew had to complete 200 hours of community service, which he did volunteering at the Harvest Hope Food Bank; 100 hours of personal development, which he did by building, customizing and programming a computer from parts ordered online; 100 hours of fitness, which he did by practicing the Korean-style martial art of Tang Soo Do; and two-days of expedition/exploration, which he did by living with an elderly friend to experience how the elderly live from day to day.  The requirements for the bronze medal are half that of the silver. 

“I am proud to recognize Matthew for his hard work and desire to achieve,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “These awards show that he is committed to improving himself and his community, and I am confident he will go on to earn the gold medal and distinguish himself as a young man to watch in the future.”

Gold medal recipients must complete 400 hours of community service, 200 hours each of personal development and fitness, and four days of expedition/exploration.  Matthew is currently working toward that goal.

Congress established the Congressional Award in 1979 to recognize initiative, achievement and service in young people.  For more information about participating in the program, contact The Congressional Award office toll-free at 1-888-80-AWARD or visit the website at   

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