FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2009
SCHUMER, MCMAHON ANNOUNCE TWO STATEN ISLAND STUDENTS AWARDED CONGRESSIONAL AWARD GOLD MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
Christina Borovilas and Mary-Katherine Rose Honored for Hundreds Of Hours of Voluntary Community Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration
Award Represents Congress' Highest Honor for Youth
Schumer, McMahon: These Young Women Represent the Best of Their Generation
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Michael E. McMahon proudly announced that two Staten Island youths have been awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal, Congress’ highest honor for
“I am so proud of Christine and Mary-Katherine and all they have accomplished,” said Rep. Michael E. McMahon. “These two young women represent the best of
In earning her Congressional Award Gold Medal, Christina Borovilas devoted over 200 hours of community service to the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities for her Voluntary Public Service activity, where she worked as a laboratory assistant to scientists researching Autism and Alzheimer’s disease. She also volunteered through the Staten Island Greenbelt, helping to increase public awareness of the environment and the extensive parklands of
In earning her Congressional Award Gold Medal, Mary-Katherine Rose completed over 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service in her local community. As a Junior Docent at the Staten Island Zoo, Mary-Katherine’s training covered animal behavior, adaptations and zoonotic diseases, ecology and conservation biology, and taxonomy. For Personal Development, Mary-Katherine performed in many of her high school’s dramatic and musical productions and worked as a stagehand. For Physical Fitness, Mary-Katherine attended classes in yoga and Tai Chi, which was especially helpful in relaxing both her body and mind. Mary-Katherine’s Exploration brought her to
Tomorrow, members of Congress will join community and corporate leaders in honoring the 267 recipients of the Congressional Award Gold Medal. This annual event highlights Congress’ highest honor for youth and will recognize individuals that have dedicated hundreds of hours of service in their communities. Throughout the year, Congressional Award Medalists are honored at local ceremonies and medal presentations by Members of Congress at the district and state levels. Since its inception in 1979, the Congressional Award has recognized thousands of young Americans committed to serving their country and improving themselves, representing over 2.5 million hours of public service and 25,000 students.
The Congressional Award, a public-private partnership, established by Congress in 1979 is a non-competitive program open to young people ages 14-23, regardless of mental or physical challenges, or socioeconomic status. The Congressional Award Foundation teaches participants to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character, and foster community service, personal development and citizenship.
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