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EDH teen receives Congressional Award Gold Medal

By From page A1 | September 06, 2017

Tifany Wong salutes at the 2017 annual Memorial Day special event with U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, placing crosses and flags honoring fallen soldiers. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge High School junior Tifany Wong recently earned the U.S. Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress can bestow upon a youth civilian.

During the past two years Tifany put in more than 450 hours in voluntary public service and 1,800 hours in all four program areas including voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration in order to earn her Gold Medal. This is her sixth Congressional award (Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals). At age 15, she is one of the youngest recipients for the Gold Medal.

Tifany has been invited to a special recognition ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., next June. Her award will be presented by the members of the Senate and House of Representatives. In addition, her achievement will be recorded into the Congressional Record by the Senate Majority Leader.

Tifany expressed her sincere thanks to her family and the following trusted advisers for their guidance and support during her journey achieving the Congressional Award Gold Medal:

  • LCDR Curtis Gant, Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (Sacramento Division)
  • Ms. Stephanie Carlson, El Dorado County Teen Court program coordinator and El Dorado County Mental Health Education coordinator
  • El Dorado County Supervisor Sue Novasel (District 5) and Supervisor Shiva Frentzen (District 2)
  • Ms. Lisa Boyd and Ms. Kate Wells, El Dorado County Youth Commission coordinators
  • Mr. Aaron Palm, principal at Oak Ridge High School and former director at El Dorado County Virtual Academy
  • Prof. Richard Cionco, California State University, Sacramento, and Ms. Natsuki Fukusawa, piano and music sensei
  • Mr. Jeb Stuart and Mr. Tony Diaz of ORHS, golf coaches

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