Frankfort woman receives Congressional Award Medal for work with AmeriCorps


FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - A young woman from Frankfort was honored by the U.S. Congress on Friday, as Congressman Richard Hanna presented Alexandra Tamburro, 24, of Frankfort with the Congressional Award Medal.

The Congressional Award Medal is an award for young Americans, established by the United States Congress in 1979 to "recognize initiative, service and achievement in young people." It is a non-partisan program open to all 14 to 23-year-olds. The Congressional Award is Congress' first and only award specifically for youth.

The Congressional Award recognizes the setting and meeting of goals in four program areas: Voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. Based on time commitments to each of the areas, participants earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold Congressional Award Certificates; and Bronze, Silver, or Gold Congressional Award Medals.

Tamburro was based in Denver for her AmeriCorps service. Tamburro is a 2006 graduate of Frankfort-Schulyer High School and a 2012 graduate of Coastal Carolina University. She is the daughter of Karlee and Joseph Tamburro of Frankfort.

"I learned a lot about others, where they come from, so diversity," Tamburro said. "I learned how to work with groups of people in harsh settings, especially on disaster relief and overall I would say it was just an extremely humbling experience."

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