When the daring Doolittle Raiders of World War II were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in May, it was a proud moment not only for the four surviving airmen, but for two members of the Republican Teens of Slidell.

Hannah Jennings, of Slidell, led the push for passage of the bills awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders for outstanding heroism, valor, skill and service to the United States in conducting the bombings of Tokyo on April 18, 1942.

Jennings did much of her lobbying work while attending the Teenage Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., last year. She rallied 50 other teenagers from 13 states to meet with more than 40 congressmen and senators in support of the bills.

Linda Vinsanau, acting director of Louisiana TeenAge Republicans, said “Hannah Jennings and Ashley Meyer used their time on Capitol Hill to lobby House and Senate members to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. They visited the offices of several Louisiana congressmen and the two Louisiana senators, as well as the offices of 12 other states, to promote the passage of the bills.”

TARs adviser Ann Hein said, “These teens have actively participated in grass-roots campaigns of U.S. Sen. David Vitter, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and State Sen. A.G. Crowe as well as other state and local Republican candidates. Their involvement in the political process develops their leadership skills and encourages them to be active participants in government.”

Republican Teens of Slidell holds meetings during the school year. For information about membership, call TARs adviser Odette Jennings at (985) 645-9953.