Ridgefield resident Kayleigh Bowler, a senior at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, recently earned the Congressional Award “Gold” Medal, the highest honor a member of the Unites States Senate or House of Representatives may bestow upon a youth civilian. During the past three years, Kayleigh has dedicated more than 1,400 hours across all four program areas including voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration in order to earn her Gold Medal.
Congress established the Congressional Award in 1979 to recognize initiative, service, and achievement in young people ages 13 ½ to 23. It began as a bipartisan effort in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The legislation was originally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. Each subsequent president has signed continuing legislation.