Newhouse Recognizes West Valley High School Senior with Congressional Award Silver Medal

February 23, 2017
Press Release

YAKIMA – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) recognized Yakima resident and West Valley High School senior, Joe Jacob “JJ” Doria, with a Congressional Award Silver Medal. The ceremony took place at West Valley High School. The Congressional Award is the highest award for youth presented by the United States Congress.

“It is my honor to present the Congressional Award Silver Medal to JJ,” said Rep. Newhouse. “JJ has demonstrated a strong commitment to meet challenging goals for the betterment of himself and our community. I hope this award will serve as a strong reminder of the infinite possibilities ahead as he continues his education and begins a career. I know JJ will continue to accomplish great things.”

Congressional Award

The Congressional Award program was designed to acknowledge young people for their initiative, achievement, and service. To date, over 7.4 million hours of service have been contributed to communities across the country as a part of the Congressional Award program. To achieve a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Congressional Award Medal, each participant sets and achieves challenging goals in four program areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.

Today’s recipient of the Congressional Award Silver Medal, Joe Jacob “JJ” Doria of Yakima and West Valley High School, achieved great progress in all four areas:

  • Voluntary Public Service: JJ helped teach environmental education to the Yakima Valley community, served the homeless under the direction of the Yakima Union Gospel Mission, and dedicated his time to trail work and maintenance every week.
  • Personal Development: JJ worked at least 10 hours a week practicing the flute and taking lessons to ensure his growth as a musician. He also strengthened his videography skills and editing efficiency.
  • Physical Fitness: JJ strived to improve his mountain biking skills and endurance and set new personal records on ten trails.
  • Exploration/Expedition: JJ travelled on a backpacking expedition across Ross Lake and the North Cascades Institute.