Edison Student Receives Congressional Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a special ceremony at the United States Capitol, Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) presented Amery Chang with a congressional youth service award in recognition of his extensive volunteer activities throughout Union County.

Lance presented Chang, 18, with the Congressional Award Gold Medal, which is Congress’ highest honor for youth service.   To earn the award, young people must set and achieve personally challenging goals in public service, personal development and physical fitness.


Chang is a student at St. Joseph High School and the son of Grace Lin.

“Amery is a sharp and dedicated young person who is deserving of this honor,” Lance said.  “He sets a positive example for other young people, and I’m proud of him and impressed by his accomplishments.”

To earn the award, Chang volunteered numerous hours of community service. Specifically, he volunteered at Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Community, where he helped out primarily by playing games with the residents. For the physical portion he took fencing and learned about sportsmanship, humility, and discipline. For the expedition portion, he hiked 60 miles of mountainous trails in New Mexico and traveled through six different countries in Europe in order to immerse in different cultures.

Congressman Leonard Lance presents Amery Chang of Edison with the Congressional Award Gold Medal during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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