ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Utica teen was honored with the highest award for youth given by Congress.
Rep. Tim Walz presented the Silver Congressional Award Medal to Peter Hegland on Friday.
The award is open to all 14 to 23-year-olds and honors young people for their commitment to public service and personal development. To earn the silver medal, a student must contribute a minimum of 200 hours of voluntary public service, 100 hours of personal development, 100 hours of physical fitness and two consecutive overnights spent on expedition and exploration.
Hegland completed his public service goal by volunteering at the YMCA where he helped at the Day Camp as a Junior Counselor. He also volunteered at his local 4-H club where he helped lead community service projects.
Hegland achieved his personal development goal by becoming a 3rd Bronze Palm Eagle Scout. He fulfilled his exploration/expedition goals through a 10-day Boy Scout of America survival camp.
Hegland will attend St. Mary's University in the fall
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