Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

March 19, 2014

KCU and Carter County Youth Leadership Celebrate bronze recipients for US Congressional Award


March 19, 2014 — Kentucky Christian University (KCU) and the Carter County Youth Leadership Development (CCYLD) program announce the first six recipients who earned their Bronze Certificates from the US Congressional Award. The Congressional Award is designed to recognize and promote service, initiative, and achievement among America’s youth. The goal of The Congressional Award is an ideal match with the core values of both organizations which focus on equipping students for servant leadership, developing personal character, and training students for excellence within their chosen vocation.

Bronze Certificate Awards: Blake Boring (KCU - freshmen); Jenelle Nearhood (KCU -sophomore), Nathan Smith (KCU - freshmen), Marcella Showalter (KCU senior), Jessie-Sharon Lewis (KCU - senior), McKenna Horsley (West Carter High School - junior), Donald F. Damron (East Carter High School - junior).

This supportive partnership between KCU and CCYLD serves as an incubator pipeline of youth leaders for Appalachia. The skills gained by participating in the US Congressional Award will help strengthen both high school and college graduates as they earn their degrees and diplomas.

“In order to earn award levels from The Congressional Award, students must set and attain challenging goals that support our community through volunteerism, personal development, physical fitness and exploration – all aimed toward making America’s youth ready for leadership in our schools, University and community,” says KCU’s president, Dr. Jeff Metcalf. “Once they earn a Gold level we are excited to support and celebrate individual student success by taking them to Washington DC to be recognized by the United States Congress as outstanding young Americans equipped to lead and serve in their professional, personal, and civic lives.”

About the award:

The U.S. Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ highest service award for young Americans. Participants working towards earning the Congressional Award set and achieve individual goals in four program areas including; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/ Exploration. All young people are equally able to earn the Congressional Award, because goals are set based on individual interests, need and ability. The prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal ceremony is held annually in the U.S. Capitol and is presided over by the leadership of the House and Senate. For additional information visit

For more information, contact President Metcalf’s office at 474-3258 or