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PSA 2017 Alum Earns Congressional Gold Medal
Gala poses with COngressional Award and Congressman Andy BiggsGala Palavicini, who graduated last year from Paragon Science Academy, received her Congressional Gold Medal this summer.  Palavicini was given the award in a ceremony in Washington DC by Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs for her achievement in academics and personal development.  Under the encouragement and supervision of teachers and mentors, she was able to log more than 400 hours of volunteering, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of dedication to physical fitness, as well as a 5 day exploration of her choosing.  
“I am so proud of Gala!” said Asli Karatas, her former advisor in the College Mentorship and Leadership Program at PSA.  “She has worked very hard for this award, and we are very happy for her and her success.”  Last summer, Palavicini had earned her SIlver Medal under Mrs. Karata's guidance.  
Student poses with Congressman for earning award442 youths from across the United States participated in this year’s ceremony at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.  More than 50 members of Congress attended to present awards to the medalists.  Additionally, this year marked the first STEM Stars.  In this event, U.S. Representatives with backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math honored the Gold Medalists who had engaged in STEM activities.  Chris Leahy of Bayer remarked that, “Now more than ever, STEM is vital to our nation’s economy and prosperity. We need students like these to create and imagine.”
Read more about the Congressional Award at http://congressionalaward.org/

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