Gabrielle Herin has accumulated over 400 hours volunteering for the service and plans to pursue a career in life sciences and is considering biology or environmental science, according to a release from Dingell's office.
Dingell met with Herin near the Detroit River to congratulate her on winning the award.
“I enjoyed meeting Miss Gabrielle Herin today,” said Dingell. “Her dedication and work on conservation and environmental issues are beyond her years. I am proud of her and applaud her commitment to the Refuge. She is a role model for other high school students and is living proof that you can start to help protect our great outdoors at any age.”
Herin received the award at the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance Annual Benefit Dinner on May 5, 2012.
Herin has worked on a number of projects including invasive species removal, tree planting, and trail maintenance, according to the same release.
The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress award for young Americans ages 14 to 23 who participate in volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration, according to the Congressional Award website.
Participants can earn a gold, silver or bronze award.