On Friday, January 26, 2024, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) presented Dunwoody High School senior Annie Peng with the Congressional Award Bronze and Silver Medals at the north DeKalb school.
Peng earned the recognition by achieving personal goals focused on volunteerism, character development, and fitness. Peng is this year’s only recipient of the Congressional Award in Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District.
“I believe the Congressional Award is particularly important because it encourages commitment to public service in our young people,” said Congressman Johnson. “Generation Z has spent a better part of their adolescent and young adult years engaging politically to ensure that all people have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I stand with our young people as they work to make this country more open and inclusive to everyone. I encourage all young leaders to participate in this opportunity by visiting CongressionalAward.org.”
The Congressional Award, established in 1979, is the United States Congress’ highest honor for young Americans. This award recognizes determination, public service, and character development. It is non-partisan, non-competitive, and voluntary. The program is open for all individuals from the age of 14 up until their 24th birthday. Recipients can receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Congressional Award certificate or medal after achieving goals in 4 areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition or exploration.