TORRINGTON – Last month, Torrington resident Logan Grosz earned the most prestigious award for youth and the only honor of its kind the U.S. Congress bestows upon students – the Wyoming Gold Congressional Award.
To meet the requirements for the special distinction, Grosz, son of Travis and Tennille, had to complete at least 400 hours of volunteer service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness and execute a four-night and five-day exploration or expedition.
The 2018 Southeast High School graduate volunteers extensively at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
“I’m a patient at the Children’s Hospital – I like to give back to them any way I can,” Grosz said, explaining he raised money to purchase new video games, movies, and books for patients there.
For his personal development and physical fitness, Grosz said he “worked on getting back in shape” by exercising sheep and cattle, improving his mile run time, and going to the gym.
“I went to Medicine Bow National Forest for my expedition,” he said. “I had to plan all the food and what we were taking, where we were going … I went with my dad, last summer. It was a blast, I love camping.”
It was U.S. Senator Mike Enzi who initially encouraged Grosz to begin his congressional award journey.
“I met Senator Enzi in (Washington) D.C. last year, and he said I should get involved with the Congressional Award. I got my bronze and silver medals last summer.”
Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso M.D., Representative Liz Cheney and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon recognized 167 outstanding Wyoming youth for earning bronze, silver and gold Wyoming Congressional Awards at the Cheyenne Civic Center, Sunday, April 7.
Each year, The Wyoming Congressional Award Council Board of Directors hosts the Cheyenne bronze and silver medal ceremony and supports the gold medal ceremony held each summer in the nation’s capital.
In June, 70 youth, including Grosz, will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to accept their gold medals during a ceremony on Capitol Hill.
“I think it was working with the hospital, all the new experiences, all the kids I’ve met through the program have really inspired me,” Grosz said of the most enjoyable part of earning the award. “I definitely plan to continue my volunteer work.”
Gold medalists also receive a $2,000 higher education scholarship, which Grosz plans to use towards books at Eastern Wyoming College, where he is currently studying social work.
“I think it was good to see that I’m working towards something bigger, not just myself,” he said of his experience. “To see how many people I’ve helped throughout the journey.”
For more information, visit the WCAC website at wcac.us.