Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Presents Congressional Awards to Young Leaders from Hawaiʻi’s Second District

June 6, 2014
Press Release

Honolulu — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced the winners of the inaugural Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, “The House STEM App Challenge.” She congratulated first-place winner Tiger Oakes from Hawaiʻi Island (left) and runner-up Christopher Kim from Maui (right) for the innovative phone and tablet applications – or “apps” – they created to participate in the district-wide competition, which included submissions from across the state.

“Hawaiʻi students like Tiger Oakes and Christopher Kim are equipping themselves with the skills and knowledge to be future leaders that will solve the challenges of tomorrow,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, an advocate for promoting technology and innovation in Hawaiʻi.  “I’m so proud of Tiger, Christopher, and the many exemplary applicants who, at a young age, are already focused on developing their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math so that they can apply it in an ever-evolving workforce that is eager to hire individuals with their talents, creativity, and passion.”

Mr. Oakes’ winning app, Big Island Buses, will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and on display at an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol.  Photos from the House STEM App Challenge are available here for download.

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard presented the Congressional Bronze Medal Award to Brady Jernigan of Kūneʻohe.  To earn the honor, Brady volunteered with Boy Scout Troop 425, of which he is a member, to assist others with their Eagle Scout projects, volunteered with a summer arts program for local students, focused on piano and acting, attended auditions and learned about stage, practiced lacrosse, and traveled to Washington, DC to tour the historic sites of the Nation’s Capital.

“I’m grateful to Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and the U.S. House for offering this wonderful program,” said Brady Jernigan, recipient of the Congressional Bronze Medal Award, in his acceptance speech.  “The program really does teach young people to value leadership and to not just work for your own interests, but to think about what you can do for others.”

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress' accolade for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and open to all 14- to 23-year-olds.  Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals, and each level involves setting goals in four program areas:  Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.  Photos, video, and B-roll from the Congressional Bronze Medal Award presentation ceremony are available here for download.



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