Making a Difference: Teen traveling to Washington, D.C. for national ceremony

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HOUTZDALE -- When he's not up late studying for exams while being a student at Penn State Altoona,

Zachary Bloom is at the Houtzdale Borough building.

"I write grants, I meet with the community, I also work closely with the street committee on those grants, so I’m out on the road a lot," said Zachary Bloom, local Jefferson Award winner.

Bloom is on city council. In fact, he was the youngest ever elected to serve for Houtzdale at just 18.

Last fall, he was featured on 6News and was awarded a local Jefferson Award for his work in helping his community.

"More people know who I am, and they see me on the street and they're like, 'Hey, I have this pothole can you come fix it?' So it's helped a lot, too," said Bloom.

Now, he's getting ready to travel to Washington, D.C.

A committee chose him to attend the national ceremony June 22.

"I’m very excited, very shocked and excited, and very honored to represent not only Houtzdale, but of course Pennsylvania and central Pennsylvania," Bloom said.

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