St. Mary's Alumni Brings Home the Gold
Published: July 20, 2012
One of St. Mary's own, Nathan Feldmann received the Congressional Award Gold Medal at our Nations Capitol June 20, 2012. Nathan was one of 277 exceptional young Americans, 7 of them Nebraskans, who challenged themselves and made lasting contributions to their community, country and themselves. The United States Congress recognizes young people who set and achieve goals in Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration.
To earn his Gold Medal, Nathan mentored the mentally and physically disabled at the Munroe Meyer Institute. He gave more than 400 hours to help them learn to swim, play, cook and interact with one another. Nathan was an active leader and member of his high school marching band (Papillion- La Vista South) involved in 5 competitions per year. He ran a half marathon, and he planned a five night snowboarding trip to Winter Park, Colorado. Not only did he learn the fundamentals of snowboarding, he learned how to effectively plan a large-scale trip that included all aspects of lodging, food, travel and budget.
Nathan says, "The Congressional Award experience has instilled in me the importance of goal setting and work ethic, which I will be able to use for the rest of my life. I have just completed my freshman year of college at UNL. I will continue to develop in these four core areas even though I am no longer pursuing an award. I will continue to apply these skills toward my academic and career goal to become a physician. I feel that the Congressional Award has prepared me for the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead. And that's the head fake. This award is not about the magnitude of accomplishments, developing a resume, or simply completing a checklist, but rather, how the Congressional Award has molded and shaped us into people of service, responsibility, and integrity. We must now go into each of our communities and apply what we've learned using our time, talent, and treasure that God has given us to make this world a better place."