Saline Junior Amanda Coy Receives U.S. Congressional Silver Medal for Public Service

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 05/24/2017 - 01:09
Saline Area Schools Superintendent Scot Graden (left) and Saline High School Principal David Raft joined US Rep. Tim Walberg when he presented the U.S. Congressional Silver Medal for Public Service to Saline junior Amanda Coy.

Amanda Coy, a junior at Saline High School, was presented with the U.S. Congressional Silver Medal in Public Service by her Congressman Tim Walberg.  It is the second highest service award a youth can achieve in the United States.  She was called to the principal’s office Monday morning where Superintendent Scott Graden, and Principal David Raft where waiting and Congressman Tim Walberg had stopped by to present her with the medal.  Coy has achieved more than 3,000 hours of service, professional development, dedication to her sport of baton twirling and been involved in expedition/exploration with recent trips to New York and California.

The Congressional Award is the United State Congress’ award for young Americans.  It is non-partisan, voluntary and non-competitive.  The program is open to all young people ages 14 to 25.  Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.  Each level involves setting goals in four program areas, Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration.

She started working on this effort as an incoming freshman and hopes to complete the Gold Medal her Senior Year.  Gold Medal recipients are invited to Washington D.C. and presented with their medals at a session with Congressional members from across the United States.

Coy has been twirling since the age of 3, with the 16-Time National Champion Saline Twirlettes.  Her baton coach, Susan Usher, was one of her mentors for the program.  She just recently achieved her 100 baton twirling title earlier this month, 29 of those have been National titles.   She has a goal of becoming a collegiate feature twirler for a major University.  She also enjoys volunteering and assisting as a student teacher helping the younger twirlers. 

Another mentor for the program was her former French Teacher, Jamie Aumend.  Amanda served as an assistant to the Saline Middle School French Exchange program and helped tutor and prepare students for travel.  As a former Exchange student to Marseille, France; Coy was able to share her personal experiences.  She created a promotional video, presentation and conducted outreach presentations for students and parents for the program.  Coy will serve as Vice President of the Saline High School French Club next year.

Amanda is extremely active in her community and school.  For the last two years she has served on the Board of Directors for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Michigan Chapter.  She is the first youth in 37 years to serve on the Board and as one of its officers and Secretary.  Coy also serves as a youth spokesperson and has reached 6,000 youth across the State of Michigan in person with her message of Breathe Easy:  Asthma Awareness and Education.  She has helped the organization raise more than $11,000 through 18 fundraisers, a cause she is passionate about having coped with it all her life as an athlete.  This month, Coy shared her own personal story of managing asthma at a rally on the steps of the State Capital for National Asthma Month.  She hopes to continue her work in public health and policy and plans to pursue dual majors in Premed and Political Science.

Amanda is currently serving as Miss Spirit of the State Outstanding Teen and will compete at Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen in June.  She is active in school as Treasurer of the Saline High School National Honor Society, a Majorette with the Marching Band, a class representative and committee chair with Student Council.  She is a 13-year member of Saline Dance Alliance.  This fall she will serve as a mentor and member of Link Crew, helping incoming freshmen get adjusted to Saline High School.  She will also serve as a SHS delegate to Girls State this summer.

When asked about her commitment to service she said this is something extremely important to me, I was brought up to believe one of the most important things you can do is help others and serve your community. 

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