Josiah was presented the Congressional Award Silver Medal by Hunter for his work in areas of volunteer service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition.
According to Josiah's dad, Shawn, the teen completed over 220 hours of volunteer service at the Temecula Public Library and the March Field Air Museum. His duties included shelving books, working to keep the Children's Library neat and orderly, helping to restore vintage aircraft at March, and becoming the first junior docent to lead tours at the air museum.
Josiah was also recognized for training and competing as a junior-Olympic-level swimmer for the Temecula Swim Club, and he was praised for a travel challenge that led him to a two-night stay in San Diego where he utilized only public transportation and remained within a prescribed budget. "I have really grown through this program as it has allowed me to reach out to the community and meet a lot of people. I have gained work experience through the volunteer positions that I have held," Josiah said in a released statement.
According to the statement, Josiah is preparing to apply to the U.S. Air Force Academy after high school.