Byron Nelson High School senior Jarrod Clark recently received the Congressional Award Gold Medal, a top honor presented by the U.S. Congress to young Americans who meet rigorous standards across community service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration categories.
Jarrod received the award after nearly four years of work, totaling 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of personal development and 200 hours of physical fitness. Additionally, the Byron Nelson senior planned and completed a five-day, four-night trip. Because he is a gold medalist, he also received the program’s bronze and silver awards.
Young Americans don’t receive the award based on a competition, but rather based on achieving their own challenging goals after registering for the program. The foundation that runs the non-partisan program is the only congressional charity.
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, who represents the 30th district of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, presided over the statewide ceremony for Congressional Award Gold Medal winners, giving Jarrod his honor on April 8. The event, held at Southern Methodist University, was the first time Texas has held a statewide ceremony for the award.
Jarrod will be further honored at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. in June, when all gold medalists will be honored. Following the ceremony, he will have the opportunity to meet fellow medalists and members of Congress.
For more information about the award and to see a full list of recipients, click here.