2021 Wyoming Congressional Award State Medal Ceremony

Apr 19, 2021 | State Medal Ceremony

CHEYENNE, Wyo.- (April 18, 2021) U.S. Senator John Barrasso M.D., U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis and Congresswoman Liz Cheney recognized 47 outstanding Wyoming youth for earning bronze, silver and gold Congressional Awards. The medal ceremony was held at the Cheyenne Civic Center on April 18, 2021.

“Today, we celebrate not only these outstanding young people but the ability to gather in person during this time of uncertainty, said Pat Thomas, president of Wyoming Congressional Awards Council.

He added, “Ralph Waldo Emerson once said ‘Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.’ These young men and women have certainly done that time and time again, they have shown perseverance through the last year with COVID and have made things happen. Earning a Congressional Medal takes commitment, grit, and a substantial amount of time over several years, and each of our communities have benefitted because these young Wyomingites have passed all the pebbles in their paths.”

Each medalist achieved a set of challenging goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/ exploration. Earning a bronze medal requires at least a seven-month commitment while earning the gold medal involves two or more years and 400 hours of service. In order to earn a Bronze medal, participants completed 100 hours of volunteer service, 50 hours of personal development, 50 hours of physical fitness and executed a one-night exploration or expedition. To earn a Silver medal, participants completed another 100 hours of service, 100 hours of personal development and 100 hours of physical fitness in addition to executing a two-night exploration or expedition.

The Gold Congressional Award is the most prestigious award for youth and the only award given to students by the U.S. Congress. In order to earn the Gold Congressional Award, participants must complete at least 400 hours of volunteer service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness and execute a four-night and five-day exploration or expedition.

  • Fiona Davis, Saratoga – BRONZE, SILVER & GOLD MEDAL
  • Abby Frakes, Rawlins – GOLD MEDAL
  • Katelyn France, Rawlins – GOLD MEDAL
  • Spencer Searle, Rawlins – GOLD MEDAL
  • Harris Tanner, Rawlins – SILVER MEDAL
  • Mylee Tanner, Rawlins – GOLD MEDAL
  • Kaleb Simonson, Lander – SILVER & GOLD MEDAL
  • Rebecca Whiting, Lander – SILVER & GOLD MEDAL
  • Abby Boatman, Casper – BRONZE, SILVER & GOLD MEDAL
  • Ashlyn Aguirre, Powell – SILVER & GOLD MEDAL
  • Kaitlyn Beavers, Powell – SILVER MEDAL
  • Allison Morrison, Powell – SILVER MEDAL
  • Crandell Sanders, Powell – GOLD MEDAL
  • Henry Dickinson, Sheridan – SILVER MEDAL
  • McKailyn Malles, Sheridan – SILVER MEDAL
  • Carson Gregory, Pinedale – BRONZE MEDAL
  • Zoe Griffin, Pinedale – GOLD MEDAL
  • Kellen Cain, Rocks Springs – BRONZE MEDAL
  • Dawson Fantin, Rock Springs – SILVER MEDAL
  • Caden Sweep, Lyman – GOLD MEDAL
  • Alyxa Martin, Mountain View – GOLD MEDAL
  • Alana Ashby, Cheyenne – BRONZE MEDAL
  • Michael Bangerter, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • McKenzie Boltz, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • Mark Constantino, Cheyenne – BRONZE MEDAL
  • Luke Constantino, Cheyenne – SILVER MEDAL
  • Faith Danner, Cheyenne – SILVER MEDAL
  • Garrett Dolph, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • Sydney Duda, Cheyenne – BRONZE & SILVER MEDAL
  • Kendrew Ellis, Cheyenne – SILVER & GOLD MEDAL
  • Elizabeth Fearneyhough, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • Madison Frauendienst, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • Ethan Healey, Cheyenne – BRONZE MEDAL
  • Julieann Healey, Cheyenne – BRONZE & SILVER MEDAL
  • Danielle Ivie, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • Zoey Lundin, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • Brian Mead, Cheyenne – BRONZE MEDAL
  • Isaiah Polk, Cheyenne – BRONZE MEDAL
  • Elizabeth Prescott, Cheyenne – BRONZE & SILVER MEDAL
  • Anne Ritschard, Cheyenne – BRONZE MEDAL
  • Olivia Smith, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • Silas Sommers, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • Grace Steenbergen, Burns – GOLD MEDAL
  • Michael Swidecki, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • Challen Waller, Cheyenne – BRONZE & SILVER MEDAL
  • Delanie White, Cheyenne – GOLD MEDAL
  • YuYu Yuan, Cheyenne – BRONZE, SILVER & GOLD MEDAL