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Sujay Tyle Honored for Alternative Energy Technology and Commitment to Helping Underprivileged Children

Award Represents Congress' Highest Honor for Youth

Schumer: This Young Man Represents the Best of His Generation

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Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer proudly announced that Pittsford Mendon High School Graduate Sujay Tyle has been awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal, Congress' highest honor for America's youth. Tyle has been honored for his work with underprivileged children across the world and his contributions to science and environmental research. In 2009, there were 267 medalists that took the challenge and dedicated hundreds of hours to voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration.


"Pittsford should be very proud of what Sujay Tyle has accomplished," Schumer said. "He is an outstanding representative of his generation and I am thrilled that he has been awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal. I hope that more young people follow his lead to help discover new scientific discoveries and help others in his community and around the world."


In earning his Congressional Award Gold Medal, Sujay developed a novel technology for the production of ethanol from waste, as a source of clean, alternative energy. Sujay also spread his passion for science research and clean environment awareness to his fellow peers by working with organizations like the National Environment Education Foundation, The Weather Channel, and the Environmental Protection Agency. For his Personal Development, Sujay founded BigHearted with STyle, Inc., a nonprofit organization. With BigHearted, Sujay provides funding to underprivileged children across the world so they can undergo much needed eyerelated medical procedures. As his goal for Physical Fitness, Sujay has been part of the varsity tennis team for the last three years and has competed in various tournaments in table tennis.


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 publicprivate partnership, established by Congress in 1979 is a noncompetitive program open to young people ages 1423, 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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