Crystal Lake South Grad Honored for Volunteer Work

A press release from Congressman Don Manzullo:

Rep. Manzullo Honors Crystal Lake South High

School Graduate with Congressional Gold Award

(CRYSTAL LAKE) – Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan) recently presented the coveted Congressional Award Gold Medal to a Crystal Lake resident who has amassed more than 500 hours of volunteer service to the community. The presentation took place at a Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington, D.C. last week.

Zachary Isrow of Crystal Lake received the Congressional Gold Award during a June 23, 2011 ceremony in Washington, DC. Pictured with Zachary are U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (right) and Paxton Baker (left), Chairman of the Congressional Award Foundation Board of Directors.

Zachary Isrow, a 2010 graduate of Crystal Lake South High School and incoming sophomore at Aurora University majoring in Human Studies, previously received the Congressional Award’s Silver and Bronze medals for his volunteer work.

Congress created the Congressional Award in 1979 to recognize initiative, service and achievement in young people. Participants set challenging goals to achieve in four areas:

  • volunteer public service,
  • personal development,
  • physical fitness, and
  • expedition/exploration.

“Zachary is an exceptional young man with a very bright future,” Manzullo said. “With more than 500 hours of selfless service to others, Zachary is very deserving of the prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal.”

Isrow, 18, completed much of his volunteer service at his local food pantry.

The Crystal Lake Food Pantry

He also organized several food drives through sports teams and local high schools to help with the growing demand for food in his community.

He also coached youth hockey, where he not only helped young athletes to develop into better hockey players, but he taught them to embrace a sense of community service and to become good citizens.

Zachary said, “The Congressional Award experience was an amazing opportunity that taught me to challenge myself to reach my potential and to commit to a lifetime of community service.”


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