Posted at: 07/26/2013 12:18 PM
(ABC 6 News) - A local teenager received the highest Congressional Award possible for youth in the United States Friday morning.
Congressman Tim Walz presented the Silver Congressional Award Medal to Peter Hegland, of Utica, Friday morning in Rochester.
"America was built upon a commitment to public service, one that has stood the test of time for generations. It's clear that Peter has embraced this commitment and is working to better both himself and his community," Walz said.
To be awarded the silver medal, a student must contribute a minimum of 200 hours of voluntary public service, 100 hours of personal development, 100 hours of physical fitness and two consecutive overnights spent on expedition/exploration.
Peter completed his public service goal by volunteering at the YMCA where he assisted at the Day Camp as a Junior Counselor. Peter also became active in his local 4-H club where he helped lead, organize, and execute various community service projects assisting those in need and helping care for environment.
"Earning the Congressional Award not only taught me how to dream big, but also enabled me to learn how to accomplish my big dreams," said Hegland.
Peter was home-schooled and will be attending St. Mary's University in the fall.