Brandon Wins Congressional Award Gold Medal for His Volunteerism

Q. You recently won a Congressional Award Gold Medal for your volunteer work. How did you come to receive it? How was Washington DC?

A. When I was in eighth grade I signed up online to work toward earning the congressional award. To earn the award you have to spend at least two years setting goals and working on voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and go on an exploration/expedition. When I first joined I wasn’t sure if I could do all of the required hours, but I decided to challenge myself and keep on going, one goal at a time. Soon I earned the bronze, silver and then the gold medal. Going to Washington, DC was a great experience. I got to meet members of Congress and visit the Capitol Building.

Q. You are a very busy Senior! What do you like to do in your spare time?

A. Every weekend I volunteer at the Apache Junction Food Bank. I help with unloading the truck and sorting the cooler. I also coach youth basketball and soccer for the parks and recreation department. When I want to relax I watch soccer games on TV – I am a huge Arsenal fan. I also watch every UFC event I can. My favorite fighters are Conor McGregor and Alexander Gustafsson.

Q. What advice would you give incoming high school students?

A. High school goes by fast so don’t wait to join clubs, or volunteer in your community or try out for sports. Make the most of your time in high school. And if you really want to challenge yourself sign up for the Congressional Award!

Q. What are your plans for the future?

A. I plan to attend ASU. I am interested in Business, Communications, Global Politics. I will probably work for the government someday.

Brandon is a senior at Horizon Community Learning Center.

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