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Student and volunteer Josiah Bierle 16, of Temecula was presented the Silver Medal Congressional Award by Congressman Duncan Hunter on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 according to press release.
“I have really grown through this program as it has allowed me to reach out to the community and meet a lot of people.” Josiah said, “I have gained work experience through the volunteer positions that I have held.”
Josiah met the requirements in four categories: Volunteer Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition. He completed over twi-hundred-twenty hours of volunteer service at the Temecula Public Library and the March Field Air Museum. He shelved books and worked to keep the Children’s Library neat and orderly.
Josiah also worked in the restoration department restoring vintage aircraft, and became the first Junior Docent to lead tours at the March Field Air Museum.
His Personal Development consisted of hours of study and preparation to pass the FAA Private Pilot Written Test. He is continuing his training to receive his full pilot’s certification on his seventeenth birthday.
The Physical Fitness requirements were fulfilled while training and competing as a Junior Olympic level swimmer for the Temecula Swim Club.
The Expedition was a challenge to complete a two-night stay in San Diego while traveling to predestined locations utilizing only public transportation and remaining within a prescribed budget for accommodations and travel.
Josiah is also preparing himself to apply to the United States Air Force Academy after high school.
Congratulations, Josiah! From the Temecula Grapevine.