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Rep. Zeldin Presents Congressional Award Gold Medal to NY-1 Resident Kavya Tangella

June 18, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On June 17, 2015, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C - NY-1) presented Kavya Tangella of South Setauket with The Congressional Award Gold Medal in the United States Capitol.

The Congressional Award Gold Medal of the United States Congress was established in 1979. The award is open to all young Americans aged 14-23. The purpose of this award is to honor those who set a goal and then achieved it. There are four aspects of the award: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. The award recipient must have spent two or more years completing at least 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of both personal development and physical fitness activities, and a four-night Expedition or Exploration. 

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Pictured from left to right are Paxton Blake, Chairman, Congressional Award; Kavya Tangella; Congressman Zeldin; and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).