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Edwall 4-H’er’s Earn Congressional Awards for Service

PULLMAN, Wash. — Two youths from Edwall will receive the highest honor given America’s youth in ceremonies at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Extension Education Building in Spokane.

Rep. George Nethercutt is scheduled to present Nathan Klein and Kira Fagan with Congressional Award medals for work they have done to better their eastern Lincoln County community and for reaching personal development goals.

They have performed a combined total of more than 300 hours of public service to their community.

Nathan Klein, 16, will receive the Silver Congressional Award. To fulfill the voluntary personal service component, he designed and edited a 4-H newsletter for Lincoln and Adams counties. He increased his computer literacy to fulfill his personal development goal. He increased his weight-lifting ability for physical fitness and went on a biking trip for his exhibition.

“He just did a wonderful job updating the look of the newsletter and getting it into the computer age,” said Karen Robertson, Lincoln County Cooperative Extension 4-H program assistant. “He’s just a super neat kid.”

Kira Fagan, 16, will receive the Bronze Congressional Award. She volunteered to give swimming lessons at her county swimming pool. She achieved her personal development goal by improving her piano playing skills and performing a private concert. She improved her physical fitness with a regimented running schedule and went on an overnight backpacking trip for her expedition. She has been involved in a variety of 4-H projects in 4-H clubs in Spokane as well as Lincoln County, including sheep leadership and creative arts projects.

The non-competitive award was created by Congress in 1979 to promote initiative, achievement and excellence among young people between the ages of 14 and 23. To qualify, young people must devote a minimum of 210 to 840 hours to the program, depending on their age.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.

(Editors: For more information about the Congressional Award, contact Becky Scheetz at (202) 226-0130 or visit the Congressional Award site at

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