Larson Presents Glastonbury Native, Kingswood Oxford Student with the Congressional Award
West Hartford, CT - Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Madison Henry, a junior at Kingswood Oxford from Glastonbury, CT, with the Silver Congressional Award medal. The Congressional Award was established by Congress in 1979. It recognizes students who have committed to bettering and challenging themselves and to give back to their local communities.
“Madison has gone out of her comfort zone and challenged herself to achieve the Silver Congressional Award. It is inspiring to see someone so young, be so driven and hard-working. I am proud to have a student like her in the First District,” said Larson.
Madison received the Silver Congressional Award medal for achieving high-marks in the four standards specified in the Congressional Award criteria: 1. in voluntary public service, 2. personal development, 3. physical fitness, and 4. expedition/exploration. To meet each of her goals, Madison volunteered with the Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation, Meals on Wheels America, and in Macchi community of Paraguay, where she learned new techniques to help her to become a better at sailing (capsizing, flying a haul, and navigating rough waters). She improved upon her videographer skills by recording, editing, and creating short films. For her physical fitness goal she wanted to improve her skills as a center for basketball after a torn ACL. She gained flexibility and strength which improved her jump. She also traveled to Alburgh, Vermont where she shadowed a maple syrup farm for her expedition.