Two students were honored with Congressional Award Gold Medals, the United States Congress’ award for young Americans.
Charlie Kazazian '22 and Sarah Street '21 received the honors for achieving goals in four areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.
Charlie volunteered hundreds of hours at distribution centers in Atlanta to gather and store food, clothing, and medical supplies; at PowerMyLearning, a non-profit that refurbishes computers for low-income students; at the Atlanta Junior Chapter of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief and UNICEF Southeast Region where he served on the youth boards; and at Mad Housers, a non-profit that builds emergency, temporary housing for homeless individuals in Atlanta. His personal development goals were reached by studying and participating in industrial design, architecture, and game design classes, workshops, and programs, and by strengthening leadership skills while serving as a Discover leader. Charlie's physical goal involved countless hours sharpening his tennis skills while his exploration goal took him to Ontario to study the history of the Algonquin Indians.
Sarah completed approximately 500 hours of community service focused primarily on children's rights and education through museum curating, awareness projects, and tutoring with the Atlanta History Center, UNICEF Southeast Youth Board, and LaAmistad. In addition, she devoted 400 hours of personal development comprised of studying the flute and piano and 400 hours of physical activity to running and hiking during her high school career.
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. The program is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. It honors participants for achieving challenging goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.