Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Presents Congressional Award Gold Medal to Palestine Student

Jun 16, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) honored Briana Minter of Palestine for earning the Congressional Award Gold Medal. 

Briana received this award for all of the hard work she has done to better her community and for setting challenging personal goals for her own development and growth. 

“I was pleased to meet Briana in Washington today and to congratulate her on earning the Congressional Gold Medal,” said Congressman Hensarling. “She should be very proud of what she has accomplished.  Not only did she set tough goals for personal improvement and meet them, she also completed more than 1,000 hours of voluntary community service.  Briana is an asset to Palestine and is a great example of what this program is all about.”

The Congressional Award Foundation requires those interested in earning the Congressional Award to set goals in four established areas including voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration. 

Briana said earning the award was a lot of hard work but worth all the time and effort.  She is a member of the Sea Scouts, a program run by the Boy Scouts of America, and says that the leader of her Sea Scout ship encouraged all the girls in her unit to complete the Congressional Award requirements. 

“Community service in Palestine is very important,” said Minter.  “I like being able to have my community know that they can rely on me and the girls of the Sea Scout ship.”

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress' award for young Americans. The program is open to all 14 to 23-year-olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals by achieving their own challenging personal goals.  Since its inception in 1979, more than 49,000 people have earned Congressional Award Medals and have completed more than 3.5 million volunteer service hours.

To earn the Congressional Gold Medal, like Briana, students must spend two or more years completing 400 hours of community service and focus an additional 200 hours on personal development and physical fitness.