Varshini Hari, a 10th grader, awarded Congressional Gold Medal


This medal is the highest accolade for youth bestowed by the US Congress

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Varshini Hari, was honored with the prestigious US Congressional Gold Medal.  This medal is the highest accolade for youth bestowed by the US Congress. Varshini is a 10th grader at Nikola Tesla STEM High School. She was recognized for completing at least 400 hours of voluntary public service over 2 years, 200 hours of personal development which included work related to robotics and flute, and 200 hours of physical fitness.

As a co-founder of a nonprofit initiative, Varshini played a pivotal role in conducting more than 30 STEM workshops, with a focus on reaching underserved communities. Additionally, she successfully organized fundraisers by baking over 3000 treats, and contributing to the nonprofit’s initiatives. Her remarkable impact extends beyond these endeavors, as she devoted over 1000 hours to volunteering, positively influencing the lives of numerous youth.

Varshini likes to indulge in activities such as swimming, baking, and exploring different parts of the world. With aspirations to major in a science and technology-related field in college, Varshini is poised to continue making significant contributions to her community and beyond.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the United States, alongside the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It is bestowed by vote of the United States Congress. It is awarded for National appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions.

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