John Langfield receives the State of Idaho Student Volunteer of the Year Award from Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter.
The Congressional Award Program has had an enormous and lasting impact on my entire family; I am the younger of two elder siblings, and all three of us worked to earn the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional medals. All of the life lessons I learned while working towards my medals were priceless, and have all helped me to find success as I pursue both my academic and professional careers. Over the course of four years I learned the personal responsibility of keeping my own records, how to work with a variety of different personalities, the importance of setting goals and tackling them one step at a time, and perhaps most importantly, experienced first hand the satisfaction of personal accomplishment and growth.
Voluntary Public Service has always been a core value of mine, the Congressional Award Program allowed me set goals and schedule time to assist others; something I enjoyed doing but found immensely hard to incorporate into my day-to-day life.
While working towards the Gold Medal I logged over 650 hours of service, and under the umbrella of my rather broad service ambitions, enjoyed a variety of different service opportunities. Perhaps the most meaningful service was the work I did at local food banks and soup kitchens assisting the effort to provide a warm meal and a smile to those who perhaps needed them most. I was also able to spend summers interacting with the public through customer service; I aided patrons at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival by showing them to their seats, distributing rental chairs, and collecting their trash at the end of the show. This venue allowed me to perfect my professional skills while also exposing me to the countless works and culture of William Shakespeare and many other famous playwrights. I also logged many hours in conglomerate with the planning, orchestration, and execution of my Eagle Scout Project. I collected engineered drawings and building permits, ordered the parts, and organized a task force to construct and install a performance platform for my high school pep band on the existing football bleachers for my Eagle Scout Project.
For my Personal Development goals I learned to play the drums, studied for entrance exams into college, and under the supervision of my parents, obtained my drivers license. The Congressional Award program encouraged me to explore my interests and also prompted me to devote time to many worthy pursuits. Under my Physical Fitness goals, I lowered the time it takes me to run a mile, developed a weight lifting routine, and ultimately ended up training for my first triathlon. The Congressional Award provided me with the structure to develop a work out program, specific to my own fitness goals, which I still strictly follow. For my Gold Expedition I planned a 5 day raft trip with my family. This was an incredible experience, a fond memory, and a highlight of the summer before me senior year of high school.
Earning my Congressional Award medals was by far the most fulfilling and exciting part of my high school career. The program provided me with incentive and structure to follow through on meaningful goals I devised, under the council of my advisor, in order to grow and develop as an active, enlightened, and distinguished citizen of the United States.
2011 Gold Medalist