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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Honors Local High Schoolers with Congressional Award

January 20, 2016
Press Release
Seven students recognized for service, initiative, and achievement

Staten Island, NY—January 20, 2016….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today honored seven local students with the Congressional Award for their outstanding community service achievements. Each honoree completed at least 100 hours of community service for varying borough organizations (full list below).

In a ceremony at his Staten Island district office, Congressman Donovan said, “All of you have dedicated at least 100 hours to improving our community. On behalf of our city, our country, and the United States Congress, thank you. And to mom and dad: These kids couldn’t have made as big an impact without your support, your time, your passenger seat, and your gas card. Thank you.”

The Congressional Award is a public-private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize achievement, initiative, and service in America’s youth. To earn a Congressional award, participants set and achieve individual goals in four program areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. All young people are equally able to earn the Congressional Award because goals are set based on individual interest, need, and ability. A young person is not selected to receive the Congressional Award – he or she earns it. Participants may receive bronze, silver, or gold medals.

Donovan continued, “You’ve already made a difference in your neighborhoods, but you have to keep it up. Yes, the Congressional Award is special, but you must build on your effort. I want to read in the newspapers about the great things you’ve done when I’m an old man.”

Award Recipients (NY-11)

* Kristen Blanchard (Bronze) – Moore Catholic High School; 100 hours with the Travis 4th of July parade, 30 hours with “Where To Turn”

* Genevieve Bruen (Bronze) – Moore Catholic High School; 300 hours with YMCA, Meals on Wheels

* Sarah Primiano (Silver) – Moore Catholic High School (she will receive the Gold in June 2016 in DC); 200 hours at PATH Family Center (holistic clinic), 436 Family Readiness Group

* Frank Pizzella (Bronze) – St. Peter’s Boys High School; 150 hours with the Travis 4th of July parade, Meals on Wheels and basketball coach

* Peter Rotondo (Bronze) – St. Peter’s Boys High School; 100 hours with Travis 4th of July Parade, Meals on Wheels, Westerleigh Park Cleanup

* Santo Tiralosi (Bronze) – St. Peter’s Boys High School; 300 hours with St. Adalbert’s summer camp, CYO 5th & 6th grade basketball teams

* Thomas Walsh (Silver) – St. Peter’s Boys High School; 200 hours collecting food for food pantry, errands for senior citizens, American Cancer Society