June 21, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) recognized the accomplishments of three residents of California’s 33rd district who earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal for excellence. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program encourages and recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youngsters. Rep. Lieu congratulated the three winners at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. today.

Rep. Lieu honored Ishan Guar, of Ranchos Palos Verdes, who volunteered for over 400 hours at Habitat for Humanity; Bryce Palmer-Toy of Agora Hills, who volunteered at his high school’s math tutoring center; and Blake Peters of Santa Monica, who tutored students including middle schoolers at the local Boys and Girls Club.

“Congratulations to Ishan, Bryce, Blake and all those who won the Congressional Award today. Their dedication to self-betterment and serving others is deeply admirable. I’m grateful to see that, as our future leaders, their generation is deeply committed to helping communities and making the world a better place.”

More about the award:

Congressional Award Gold Medalists have contributed over 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service, 200 hours of Personal Development and Physical Fitness hours respectively, and a four consecutive night Expedition or Exploration to earn this honor. The Gold Medal is the pinnacle of The Congressional Award program. Youth between the ages of 13 ½ to 23 are eligible for The Congressional Award - regardless of GPA, socioeconomic status, physical or mental disability, etc.