(COLLEGE PARK, June 5, 2023) – The Congressional Award, in partnership with Otsuka‘s mental health initiative, celebrated the accomplishments of 110 exceptional young Marylanders at the 2023 Maryland Statewide Ceremony. The event, held at the University of Maryland, honored these individuals who have earned Congressional Award certificates or medals since January 2020.
Congressman Glenn Ivey (MD-04) and Congressman David Trone (MD-06) were present at the ceremony to congratulate the awardees and present them with their well-deserved medals and certificates. Congressman Ivey remarked, “It’s truly inspiring to witness the dedication and achievements of these outstanding young individuals. They represent the future of Maryland, and I am proud to celebrate their accomplishments.”
Echoing his sentiments, Congressman Trone stated, “The Congressional Award program empowers young people to set ambitious goals and make a positive impact in their communities. These awardees have shown exceptional commitment and determination, and I am honored to recognize their hard work and dedication.”
Otsuka’s mental health initiative, a key focus of their partnership with the Congressional Award, highlights the importance of mental well-being and supports the development of future leaders who champion mental health awareness. Through this partnership, Otsuka demonstrates their commitment to empowering young individuals to address the mental health challenges of our society.
The University of Maryland served as an ideal venue for the ceremony, symbolizing its dedication to education, innovation, and fostering the growth of young leaders.
The 2023 Maryland Statewide Ceremony showcased the extraordinary accomplishments of the awardees, inspiring others to aim high and make a difference. Their achievements reflect the power of resilience, dedication, and community service.
About The Congressional Award Foundation
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23. To learn more about The Congressional Award please visit www.congressionalward.org.
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Margaret (Rhett) Hacker
Marlena Slaw Kiewe
Eva Marie Farroha
Joshua Kade Friedlander
Jinghan “Vicky” Shan