Schriever plans to join Marines

ROCK RAPIDS—An 18-year-old from Rock Rapids became the second member of his family to earn high honors in 2018.

Luke Schriever was a recipient of the Congressional Award Gold Medal during a ceremony on June 21 in Washington, D.C.

He was one of 442 to be given the highest honor Congress presents to a youth civilian. It was the largest group in the 39-year history of the program.

Over a two-and-one-half-year span, Luke completed hundreds of hours in four required program areas to become eligible for the award: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.

He put forth around 400 hours in public service alone, including volunteering at Rock Rapids Health Center and helping build a veterans memorial in Rock Rapids.

More than 50 members of Congress were in attendance for the recognition ceremony, which was held in the Russell Senate Office Building, located on Capitol Hill.

“It was most interesting getting to talk to our representatives Steve King, Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley,” Luke said.

He traveled to Washington with his mother, Laurel, to receive the award and visit some notable sites. Among his favorites were Mount Vernon, the longtime home of George Washington, and Arlington National Cemetery.

“I really liked Mount Vernon. They’ve kept it up so almost everything is the same as when Washington lived there,” he said. “Arlington National Cemetery was very thought provoking.”

In January, Luke’s older sister, Susanna, was given the Top Airman Award upon graduating from U.S. Air Force training.

Luke will follow her footsteps into service by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“I really wanted to serve our country,” he said. “The Marines offered security forces training which I was very interested in. I could work for a national agency someday. That’s one of many options.”