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Ayesha Ahsan Earns Congressional Award

Congressional Award WinnerParagon Science Academy senior Ayesha Ahsan claimed a Bronze Congressional Award, receiving her medal personally from Rep. Matt Salmon. “The most challenging part was setting a schedule to complete my activities,” says Ahsan. “Once I was able to figure out a reasonable schedule, accomplishing all of my goals was quite enjoyable.”

The Congressional Award recognizes student who achieve an individualized set of rigorous learning and service goals. The students must complete public service and personal development hours, participate in physical fitness activities and engage in a personal exploration that “requires self­reliance, determination and cooperation.”

Ahsan spent her volunteer hours as a student coach for Paragon’s Science Olympiad team and focused on preparation for the SAT college admissions exam for personal development. Jogging, hiking and studies of another culture rounded­out her goal activities.

Ahsan’s plans after graduation include majoring in kinesiology, the science of human movement, at Arizona State University with a possible second major or minor in mass media and communication studies.  In the past year, three students attending Sonoran Schools in the metro Phoenix and Tucson areas have achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze Congressional Awards. A fourth student is on track to receive a gold this school year.

Learn more about the Congressional Award at http://congressionalaward.org/about­us/. Paragon Science Academy is part of the Sonoran Schools network of public charter schools serving grades K­12 with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and math. Paragon students have a history of state, regional and national championships in science and robotics. Learn more about Sonoran Schools at sonoranschools.org.

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