The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. The Congressional Award Program is about challenge. The Award offers young people the opportunity to set a personal goal and achieve it. Along the way, you will learn about yourself and about qualities like responsibility, trust and the ability to plan and organize. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. This program is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate other dimensions of their character beyond academic success. Since participation in this program is voluntary, the choice to participate speaks well of the student who takes it on.
Bella Kissell, a rising junior at Bishop England, has proven to be a leader in her community and beyond. She won Volunteer of the Year Award for Charles Towne Landing for dedicating more than 200 hours in the past 12 months alone by working in the office, selling concessions, giving tourists’ rides via golf cart through the park or even reenacting historical events. She has logged at least 100 hours during the past year working at a part time job, developing work skills while in school full time. She worked at Hot Little Biscuit. She logged over 400 hours swimming at Club Level in the past 12 months before school every day in addition to every day after school, six days a week. She also planned and executed a family trip to Peru last November.
Congratulations to Bella Kissell who was awarded the Youth Silver Congressional Award by Representative Mark Sanford. What an honor! We are so proud of your accomplishments and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!