June 20, 2014

Manchin Applauds Young West Virginian on Receiving Prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) congratulated Aarthy Shah of Vienna for receiving the Congressional Award Gold Medal after accomplishing impressive goals in four areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. The voluntary participants can earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals based on their level of achievement.

Aarthy focused on the four program areas by completing more than 400 hours of public service at a local hospital, taking violin lessons and practicing regularly, participating in the local string orchestra, partaking in Karate lessons and competing for the Governors Arts Academy. In addition, she participated in West Virginia state tournaments and won several awards. Aarthy also traveled to India to study her heritage and explore her roots.

“I know I speak for all West Virginians in congratulating our very bright Vienna student, Aarthy Shah, for earning the Congressional Award Gold Medal,” Senator Manchin said. “Aarthy not only voluntarily contributed her time and energy to serving her community, but her drive, discipline and talent demonstrated true leadership skills. I am confident that her impressive achievements will lead to many more great accomplishments in the future and I wish Aarthy only the best.”

To read more about the Congressional Award program, please visit the website.

Photo Caption: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin stands with Aarthy Shah, a Congressional Award Gold Medal recipient.