Newhouse Honors Ephrata Student with Congressional Award Gold Medal

June 17, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) honored Christian Pugh of Ephrata, one of 325 national recipients of the Congressional Award Gold Medal – Congress’ highest award for youth, at an award ceremony on Capitol Hill yesterday. The annual event recognizes young people that have dedicated hundreds of hours of service to their communities.

“I congratulate Christian Pugh on earning this Congressional Award Gold Medal,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Christian has proven to be a diligent young leader in his community, demonstrating the value of serving others and achieving excellence in his personal goals. Christian is an example of good citizenship – especially for his peers – I know that this young man has a bright future.”

Christian Pugh of Ephrata, WA, is an Eagle Scout and earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal for his community service working as a Boy Scout camp counselor and working as a youth leader and mentor to a group of Cub Scouts. Christian set goals for personal development by earning merit badges. Christian competes in high school cross country and tennis, and he has earned Scout merit badges for physical fitness. He met his exploration goal by leading his Boy Scout troop on a 50-mile expedition through Olympic National Park. 

Of 325 Gold Medalists nationwide in 2016, 8 are from Washington state. Since its inception in 1979, the Congressional Gold Medal Award has recognized thousands of young Americans committed to serving their country and improving themselves, representing over 7.5 million hours of public service. Currently over 48,000 students from all 50 states are actively working toward earning a Congressional Award.

Earning The Congressional Award Gold Medal requires a significant commitment. Each participant must spend two years or more completing at least 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of both personal development and physical fitness activities, and a four-night Expedition or Exploration. For this achievement, Gold Medalists are recognized at the Capitol by their Member of Congress with the presentation of the Congressional Award Gold Medal, which is struck by the United States Mint.