Marietta, GA – This afternoon, Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA-06) honored the 2021 recipients of The Congressional Award in Georgia’s first ever statewideceremony. This year’s 50 recipients, including 15 from Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, have completed thousands of hours of community service, personal development, and physical training in their pursuit of this award. 

“It was a joy and a privilege to honor the group of motivated, generous, and selfless young adults for their perseverance this afternoon. This Congressional Award is a monumental accomplishment and a testament to their strength and perseverance,” said McBath. “I am incredibly proud of our awardees and their loved ones, especially the 15 awardees from our district that I am so proud to represent in Washington. Their work and dedication speak to how much they all love and appreciate our home. I thank and commend them for their commitment to making our district a greater place to live, learn, and thrive.”

“The Congressional Award program strives to bring opportunities for advancement to youth across the nation.  Over the past year, we have seen our participants rise to the challenge of the United States Congress and serve their communities despite some of the most isolating and difficult times our country has seen.  In Georgia alone, program participation has grown by 15% in the last year – we hope to see it grow even more as these impressive individuals continue to make the world a more hopeful place,” said Erica Heyse, National Director of The Congressional Award.


The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans, and the Foundation remains Congress’ only charity. The program is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities by their 24th birthday. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Participants move at their own pace – on their own or with friends. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program. The 2021 recipients have completed over 12,905 hours in communities across Georgia: 5,132 hours of Voluntary Public Service; 4,159 hours of Personal Development; 3,614 hours of Physical Fitness, and numerous Expedition/Exploration activities.

Honorees from Georgia’s Sixth District

  • Sumil Shah of Milton
  • Rahul Nakkina of Johns Creek
  • Gabriel Weiss of Marietta
  • Anuhya Kanchibhatla of Duluth
  • Ashley Jian of Johns Creek
  • Charlie Kazazian of Atlanta
  • Shourya Seth of Alpharetta
  • Kruthik Ravikanti of Alpharetta
  • Shreya Basireddy of Suwanee
  • Haley McKay of Alpharetta
  • Vihan Karnala of Alpharetta
  • Sabrina Yeh of Johns Creek
  • Mingye Fan of Johns Creek
  • Catherine Mi of Alpharetta
  • Dhanesh Amin of Johns Creek