Bellaire High School junior Christina Noblett has earned the highest medal that Congress awards to youth, the Congressional Gold Award. She will fly to Washington D.C. in June to receive the award directly from Congress.
Noblett has been working on earning the medal for more than three years – she completed 691 hours of volunteer public service, 414 hours of personal development, 594 hours of physical fitness, and a week long expedition to the Pharr, Texas community near McAllen where she picked crops, restored homes, worked in a pantry and held a camp for children.
Noblett decided to begin working on the award when she was an eighth grader at Pin Oak middle school.
“Earning the award was challenging, but it is a nationally recognized award,” said Noblett. “Colleges look at ways students show leadership, and this is one way to do that.”
Noblett also earned her Silver and Gold Awards in Girl Scouting by renovation her meeting place and holding a camp for underprivileged children at Star of Hope Mission in Houston at the same time she worked toward the Congressional Gold Award. This summer, Noblett plans to continue her volunteer work at the Museum of Natural Science and will help fellow Girl Scouts complete their Gold projects.