June 23, 2017

Manchin presents West Virginian and former intern with prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) presented Alonzo Webb of Ridgeley with the Congressional Award Gold Medal after accomplishing impressive goals in four areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. The voluntary participants can earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals based on their level of achievement.

Alonzo dedicated the last two years to completing over 400 hours of public service through participation in many community holiday events.  At these community events, he dumped trash, handed out fliers, served drinks, and spoke to young students about the importance of keeping a positive self-image.  In order to fulfil the 200-hour personal development portion of the award, Alonzo interned in Senator Manchin’s office, where he answered phones and worked on constituent case files.  For physical fitness, he took up running and lifting weights to build muscle.

“I know I speak for all West Virginians in congratulating our very bright Ridgeley student, Alonzo Webb, for earning the Congressional Award Gold Medal,” Senator Manchin said. “As my former intern, it was such a pleasure to present him with this prestigious award. Alonzo not only voluntarily contributed his time and energy to serving his community, but his drive, discipline and talent demonstrated true leadership skills. I am confident that his impressive achievements will lead to many more great accomplishments in the future and I wish Alonzo only the best.”

To read more about the Congressional Award program, please visit the website.