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Left to right: Thomas P. McDevitt, President of the Washington Times Newspaper, Verdine White, of the band Earth, Wind, and Fire, Paxton Baker, Congressional Award Board Chairman, and Ralph Johnson, of the band Earth, Wind, and Fire, pose in front of Congressional Award Gold Medals before an award ceremony in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The 276 youth honored this year in the annual award ceremony for completing 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service activities, 200 hours each of Personal Development and Physical Fitness activities, as well as an Expedition and Exploration activity were greeted by members of congress as well as Verdine White and Ralph Johnson, two members of Earth, Wind, and Fire. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Left to right: Thomas P. McDevitt, President of the Washington Times Newspaper, Verdine White, of the band Earth, Wind, and Fire, Paxton Baker, Congressional Award Board Chairman, and Ralph Johnson, of the band Earth, Wind, and Fire, pose in front of Congressional Award Gold Medals before an award ceremony in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The 276 youth honored this year in the annual award ceremony for completing 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service activities, 200 hours each of Personal Development and Physical Fitness activities, as well as an Expedition and Exploration activity were greeted by members of congress as well as Verdine White and Ralph Johnson, two members of Earth, Wind, and Fire. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Verdine White of the band Earth, Wind, and Fire, left, speaks to Thomas P. McDevitt, President of the Washington Times Newspaper, right, the Master of Ceremonies for the Congressional Award Gold Medal awards ceremony in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The 276 youth honored this year in the annual award ceremony for completing 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service activities, 200 hours each of Personal Development and Physical Fitness activities, as well as an Expedition and Exploration activity were greeted by members of congress as well as Verdine White and Ralph Johnson, two members of Earth, Wind, and Fire. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Verdine White (right) and Ralph Johnson, members of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, speak to the students. The band members also received an award for their influence on the nation's youth. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)