A Brigham Young University student from Salt Lake City has received the Gold U.S. Congressional Award, the highest award given by the Congress to young Americans.

Lori Smedley receive the award June 23 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.Smedley, a junior majoring in speech language pathology and audiology, earned the award by completing 700 hours of community service, 350 hours of personal development, 350 hours of physical fitness and a wilderness expedition.

Her volunteer service in the community included working in the Ronald McDonald House, the Salt Lake City Public Library, the Primary Children's Medical Center, the Children's Center and the Homeless Shelter school.

In addition, Smedley tutored at elementary schools and participated in a variety of service projects for various humanitarian groups in the community. She also served as a counselor with youth for two summer camps.

Smedley previously received the Bronze and Silver Congressional Awards in 1993 and 1995, which were awarded locally.

The Gold Congressional Award is presented each year to people ages 18-23. This year the award was given to 21 people from nine states.