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Congressman Turner released the following statement after meeting with Congressional Award Gold Medal recipient Rachana Raghupathy of Dayton, Ohio:

“I would like to congratulate Rachana and I am proud to have her represent the Tenth Congressional District with this award. I wish her all the best in her bright future.”

Rachana helped sick patients, motivated students to live healthier lifestyles and get involved in the community, and crocheted hats and scarves for the homeless for the winter season.  Additionally, she has improved personal skills such as her violin playing, tennis game, and Indian classical dance skills. Her expedition was to New York City to learn about diversity.

Earning a Congressional Award Gold Medal requires a significant commitment. Each participant must spend two years or more 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. For this achievement, Gold Medalists are recognized at the Capitol by their Member of Congress with the presentation of the Congressional Award Gold Medal, which is struck by the United States Mint.