2018 CONGRESSIONAL AWARD GOLD MEDALISTS
(Extensions of Remarks - June 21, 2018)

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[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 104 (Thursday, June 21, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E881-E882]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]





                2018 CONGRESSIONAL AWARD GOLD MEDALISTS

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                           HON. PAUL D. RYAN

                              of wisconsin

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, June 21, 2018

  Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate this 
year's winners of the Congressional Award.
  With this award, Congress recognizes young Americans who devote their 
free time to an important activity. It could be taking on a public 
service project, pursuing a hobby or new skill, starting a physical 
fitness program, or going on an outdoor expedition.
  Participants set goals in these areas, and how they do in meeting 
them determines the level of award they receive. Just as important, 
they receive the sense of pride that comes with fulfilling a mission. 
The program, established in 1979, is a great way to motivate young 
people to develop the building blocks of good citizenship.
  At Theodore Roosevelt Island, on the Potomac River, there is a quote 
of his etched on a granite monolith under the word `youth': ``Courage, 
hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to 
successful life.'' The Congressional Award honors those who strive to 
be part of something bigger than themselves. We share in the pride 
their families must feel today.
  I include in the Record a list of this year's Congressional Award 
Gold Medalists from around the country, including Nikhita Santebennur 
of Brookfield, Wisconsin.

                2018 Congressional Award Gold Medalists

       Alaska: Garrett Anderson, Tess Hopkin.
       Arizona: Kitt Bergqvist, Jerry Miao, Ibukun Oluyi, Gala 
     Palavicini, Jerry Zhu.
       Arkansas: Min Kim.
       California: Esha Aneja, Gabrielle Bernas, Sangeetha 
     Bharath, Nathan Bierle, Eric Bui, Caelyn Carlson, Sihan Chen, 
     Christine Choi, Selina Chong, Jenna Chu, Soma Chu, Sang Woo 
     Chun, Isaac Chung, Sienna Cowing, Elena Crespo, Hannah Belle 
     Crow, Dylan Esposito, Ishan Gaur, Connor Getz, Alexandra 
     Gomez, Nikhil Gupta, Emily Guyumjian, Ji Woo Han, Seoyeon 
     Han, Robin Hu, Jonathan Jackson, Kaelyn Jackson, Brianna 
     Jahangiri, Samir Jain, Isabel Jang, Haesung Jee, Chase Jin, 
     Livia Johan, Kaily Johnson, Samuel Jon, Edward H. Jung, Neil 
     Kamdar, Jamie Ann Kana, Michael Kao, Brandon Kim, Emmalyn 
     Kim, Frank Kim, Heewon Stephanie Kim, Julianne Kim, Justin 
     Kim, Justin Jiwook Kim, Kevin Kim, Kyle Kim, Minji Kim, Scott 
     Kim, Suyeon Kim, Madeline Koontz, Larissa Lai, Isabelle Lao-
     Ngo, Amber Lee, Joseph Lee, Justin Hanvin Lee, Lauren Hope 
     Lee, Melody Lee, Seungmin Lee, Sydney Lee, Yong Min (Nathan) 
     Lee, Chelsea Leung, Matthew Liao, Alexander Lieske, Steven 
     Lim, Luke Lindgren, Kuanting Ling, Raleigh Loughman, Derick 
     Ma, Matthew Macres, Nicole Macres, Victoria Macres, Jonathan 
     Mah, Tanya Matthew, Thane Messer, Sofia Miera, Justin 
     Miranda, Joshua Moon, Ze Hyun Moon, Cade Myers, Tiffany Ngan, 
     Brianna Oh, Bryce Palmer-Toy, Charles Park, Christian Park, 
     Christine Park, Daniel Park, Jimin Claire Park, Joon-Ha Park, 
     Matthew Park, Sarah Park, Timothy Park, Blake Peters, Chase 
     Pinkerton, Jagannathan Rangarajan, Landon Reekstin, Robbie 
     Robison, Marion Semana, Karina Seth, Jeong Min Si, Francesca 
     Jiyeon Song, Joseph Song, Sydney Song, Gautum Srinivas, 
     Juliane Tsai, Jaime Velasco, Christopher (Caiqi) Wei, Ray 
     William, Rose William, Dylan Wong, Joie Wong, Tifany Wong, 
     Christopher Yoo, Daniel Yoo, David Zou.
       Colorado: Eric Bear, Evelyn Bodoni, Chase McCleary, Joseph 
     Soto, Nina Vendhan, Katherine Wood, Jason Zhang.
       Connecticut: Paul Peruzzi, Dylan Rispoli, John Wechsler.
       Delaware: Akhil Rao.
       Florida: Faiza Ahmed, Walker Atterbury, Ashley Banker, 
     Trusha Bharadwaj, Gina Carvelli, Abhinav Dhulipala, Mark 
     Ellis, Matthew Ewoldt, William Gao, Sapphire Gibson, Jacob 
     Givoni, James Goetschius, Nathalie Han, Rockwell Howley, 
     Diamond Jackson, Corrigan Kirvin, Jozie Martinez, Sean Myers, 
     Caroline Nolan, Kara Percival, Mulleak Pitts, Margaret 
     Regnery, Ashay Stephen, Nicolas Suarez, Sebastian Suarez, 
     Kiara Watts, Alex Weinstein, Alexis Williams, Alexander Wood.
       Georgia: Sravya Ambadipudi, Kimberly Beauvais, Caroline 
     Brolly, Sara Carr, Marissa Farrell, Cameron Macdonald, Vani 
     Senthil, Dilan Shah, Julie Street.
       Guam: Athena McNinch.
       Idaho: Kalynn Cotton, Anna Rose Cuentas, Ellie Heisey, 
     Breanna Luckey, Zachary McCammon.
       Illinois: Aayush Agarwal, Rohan Agarwal, Ayse Eldes, Grace 
     Pawelczyk.
       Indiana: Grace Brown, Kamna Gupta, Vivian Wei.
       Iowa: Luke Schriever.
       Kansas: Jacqueline Kincaid, Shaunak Lokre, Ariza Nanji, 
     Ethan Onyszchuck, Meghana Pathapati, Aidan Scurato, William 
     Stublen.
       Kentucky: Anne Boggess, Davis Hale.
       Maryland: Faith Melinda Burton, Abigail Gerstman, 
     Serheni'te Johnson, Nicole Meister, Anaya Moreland, Sarah 
     Morris, Matthew Mu, Angela Wu.
       Massachusetts: Miranda Fisher, Cameron Friend, Caroline 
     Gilmore, Shahar Hartman, Susanna Klicka, Danielle Purinton, 
     Milena Rogalski, Suvan Shukla, Aiden Snorek-Yates.
       Michigan: Amanda Coy, Elijah Martineau.
       Minnesota: Erika Swanson.
       Mississippi: Jackson Christ, Demi Doty, Shelby Lindsey.
       Missouri: Claudia Barney, Sophia Barney, Ashley Chiles, 
     Kaelin Dooley, Katheryn Elliott, Zeeshan Khalid, Francesca 
     Mauro, Rachel Moore, Josie Moran, Kallista Noel.
       Nevada: Esra Aydogdu, Akshatha, Narasimhan, Michael Tracy.
       New Hampshire: Emily Craven, Dana DeMore.
       New Jersey: Gabriella Alicea, Nishay Bhatnagar, Nora 
     Faverzani, Joshua Geldreich, Zachary Gill, Robert Greeley, 
     Alexandra Hsueh, Vidhi Jain, Sofia Kwon, Raelynne Miller, 
     Malvika Narayan, Jeremy Nugent, Alexis Oliver, Anthony 
     Olivio, Sakshi Parikh, Sasanka Pitta, Richard Rivera, Craig 
     Scharmann, Heli Shah, Riya Shah, Nicolette Traa.
       New York: Sarah Antonevich, Michael Bender, Kristen 
     Blanchard, Sai Vishudhi Chandrasekhar, Lindsey Chu, 
     Christopher Czarkowski, Julianna Fisher, Thomas Flynn, Thomas 
     Fouts, Rahma Ibrahim, Shreya Krishnan, Priyanka Kumar, Ryan 
     Lawrence, Aman Malhotra, Jakob Matala, Emily Perkins, Frank 
     Pizzella, Sofija Radulovic, Hruday Rajput, Rebecca Reich, 
     Peter Rotondo, Eric Wiener.
       North Carolina: Daniel Bonomo, Lucas Bonomo, Laura 
     Bozovich, Nina Christensen, Tyler Eagan, Jonathan Goforth, 
     John Groggel, Tanner Helmick, Cobey Ledford, Kayla 
     Merriweather, Sophia Merriweather, Alexander Ratliff, Bennett 
     Ruff, Jeremiah Stogner, Paul Van Eerden, Hannah Whittington, 
     James Willett.
       Ohio: Swati Bhageria, Toby Chen, Om Desai, Vismaya 
     Manchaiah, Matthew Joonsung Oh, Dhaivat Pandya, Ganesh 
     Ravela, Blake Swoll, Sarvani Vemuri, Dhira Venkatramani.
       Oklahoma: Arjun Nanda, Laura Tham.
       Oregon: Alexiya Lee, Rachel Luther.
       Pennsylvania: Sophia Boquist, Matthew Hladczuk, Christopher 
     Lee, Jennifer Levito, Justin Yuan.
       South Carolina: Andrew Lockhart.
       Tennessee: Greta Kowalski, Allison Plattsmier.
       Texas: Andrew Aboujaoude, Arshia Batra, Michael Bejarano, 
     Joseph Campbell, Estrella Carbajal, Alex Carter, Aayush Dave, 
     Isabella Davila, Suhani Gadkari, Vanshika Jhonsa, Talon 
     Lewis, Theodore Lewis, Cullen Malone, Martin Montalvo, Akhila 
     Moorthy, Leela Moorthy, Eesha Nayak, Joshua Prochaska, Priya 
     Ramamoorthy, Divya Ramamurthy, Victor Rangel, Brian Seelig, 
     Catherine Seelig, Nivedhitha Selvaraj, Andrew Seto, Kathleen 
     Stephenson, Elizabeth Walker, Ronnie Wilson, Michael 
     Zelewski.
       Utah: Spencer Baird, Morgan Barron, Jessica Herbert, Kate 
     Herbert, Czarina Land, Brady Moon, Eldar Muhic.
       Vermont: Matthew Germaine.
       Virginia: Katherine Cinnamon, Matthew Cinnamon, Katherine 
     Craig, Akshay Deverakonda, Brianna DiSanza, Nolan 
     Fitzsimmons, Helen Ganley, Nicole Gray, Margaret Kirtley, 
     Neil Kothari, Pranab Krishnan, Carmen Mazyck, Matthew Roca, 
     Benjamin Silverberg, Margaret Thompson, Artemis Veizi, Andrew 
     Zhao.
       Washington: Gailynn Benjamin, Lauren Champlin, Brooke 
     Chang, Sten Hoffman, Hyun Seo (Christina) Joo, Angela Lin, 
     Emily Mather, Bridget Rowe, Hannah Wadham, Jiayi Wang.
       West Virginia: Sahil Dave, Alexandria Potter, Christopher 
     Potter, Victoria Potter, Elizabeth Sexton.
       Wisconsin: Nikhita Santebennur.
       Wyoming: Alex Aguirre, Abijah Ahern, Shelby Albright, 
     Alexander Allison, Emily Applegate, Tayten Barhaug, Gunner 
     Bartlett, Dayna Berg, Riley Box, Evelyn Brady, Jaliegah 
     Davis, Danielle DiJohn, Gabriella Dodgson, Adrienne Duda, 
     Connor Gililland, Santana Gould, Mary Harris, SayDree 
     Hendricks, Sydney Horton, Adrian Johnson, Ciara Johnson, 
     Kaylee Jones, Logan Jones, Elizabeth Marie Kassel, Sydney 
     Martin, Ginger McCormick, Seth Meyer, Elliott Miller, Evan 
     Naughton, Aurora Noe, Aedian O'Connor, Micaiah Pantle, 
     Brayden Parker, Samantha Patterson, Noelle Peterson, Dawson 
     Poste, Rylee Ramsey, Noah Riffee, Alexandria Isabella Million 
     Rinne, Lindsey Ruiz, Brooklynn Salo, Delaney Schmidt, Sylvia

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     Shanklin, Kiara Sims, Sierra Sinclair, Avalon Skinner, T. 
     Laine Smith, Stephani Sommer, Meigan Starr, Kesslee Stewart, 
     Sarah Sutton, Lauren Tyson, James Whiting, Faith Wright, 
     Bradley Zimmerman, Mikayla Zimmerman.

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