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Jan 9, 2013 2:24 PM by Tara Grimes - MTN News

Montana student earns Congressional award

GREAT FALLS - Kylar Clifton, a junior at Great Falls High School, received a Congressional award from U.S. Senator Max Baucus during a school event on Tuesday.

"It was an honor to have Max come and present me with the award. It was really cool to hear his insight on the Senate, and what it's like to be a senator, and what he thinks of Montana, the Congress and how he values service a lot, so it was really cool," Kylar said.

Much of the award focuses on the values that Baucus emphasized to Kylar's class during the event: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration.

Clifton says he served more than 100 hours at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.

"I really like it out there. All the people are really fun, get to do kids camps, and I still volunteer out there now. It's really fun."

Kylar also joined the speech and debate team at school; he explained, "I was kind of iffy about it because it was speech and debate, but I did it so I could grow myself and to go with this award, step out of my comfort zone. It's a lot of fun, I fell in love with it, and it's one of my favorite things to do."

He also spent the night at a fire lookout station at Showdown.

And in the end, Kylar says it wasn't so much about the medal itself, but about who it's helped him become.

"It's a real honor. The award is really about challenging yourself and I feel like I've grown myself a lot and I've really developed my character and my personality as a whole getting this award."

Click here to learn more about the award.

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