WASHINGTON, D.C. – Forsyth County student Manas Mudunuri was presented the Congressional Award by U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) on Thursday, June 20.
Established in 1979, the Congressional Award is the only award Congress gives to young Americans, according to a press release from Woodall’s office. The award is presented by the Congressional Award Foundation, a public-private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize service, initiative and achievement in America’s youth.
Participants in the program set and meet goals in four areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.
Mudunuri, who attends South Forsyth High School, earned the Gold Congressional Award, the highest level, by completing 400 hours in community service projects, mastering the tabla drums, learning golf for physical fitness and traveling to India for a two-week service trip.
“Congressional Award Gold medalists are among America’s top student leaders. Manas’ accomplishment illustrates that goal-setting is the bedrock for personal success and growth,” Woodall said in a statement. “Manas embodies the very best of Forsyth County. Through perseverance, dedication and an eagerness to better himself and Cumming, his hard work has improved the lives of his friends, family and community.”