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Hermits Awarded Congressional Medals

Posted July 3rd, 2018

A trio of hard-working Hermits got into the July 4th holiday spirit a bit early this summer. During a recent ceremony, rising senior Anthony Olivio and fellow Hermits, Robert Cuff ’20 and Declan Davis ’21 were presented with Congressional Award Medals by U.S. Congressman, Frank LoBiondo.

The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young American through the Senate and House. The program was established in 1979 by the United States Congress as a platform to recognize initiative, service, and achievement by the youth of our country.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Medals. In the process, they must complete a minimum of 800 hours of work in three areas; voluntary public service, personal development, and physical fitness, in addition to completing six expeditions/explorations. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. The award takes a minimum of two years to complete.