The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Congressional Award Gold Medalist recipient Amy Thompson, 18, is a resident of Springfield, Tennessee and is now a student at Vanderbilt University. She has completed over 400 hours of public service by playing the harp for residents at assisted living facilities and volunteering at her local library and the Frist Center for Visual Arts. Amy Thompson is one of only two recipients from Tennessee to receive the 2012 Congressional Award.