My STEM Story: Othoniel Batista Sinclair

Othoniel of Silver Spring, Maryland applies his love for STEM towards his Congressional Award goals.


I began participating in STEM three years ago with an Air Force camp at Joint Base Andrews. There they taught us how to create music beats, build 3D images, and write programs.

Then I joined Maryland Metro Warriors, a STEM oriented program affiliated to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Through this program I participated in scrimmages and several robotics competitions at the state and national level. Our High School team competed  at the NSBE National Convention in Pittsburgh last year placed 5th.

      

I am currently the Vice-President of the NSBE Junior Chapter “The Dynamic Mathematical Visionaries,” out of Howard University. Here I am involved with Vex Robotics team. Our chapter participated in the 2018 Fall Regional Conference (FRC) and was able to compete with the Howard University Math Competition Team!

My passion is building robots and I look forward to attending an engineering university where I can build robots that can help us improve our environment and save our planet. I have learned to work as a team with others and join ideas to come up with great projects. Teamwork and respect has been critical to the success of our team.

Learn more about The Congressional Award STEM Stars program.

Remembering the life of former Rep. Ed Pastor

November 28, 2018 (Washington, DC) – The Congressional Award Foundation mourns the loss of former U.S. Representative Ed Pastor and expresses our condolences to family and friends.

Congressman Pastor was the first Hispanic member of Congress elected from Arizona and served for more than two decades in the House of Representatives.

In 2006, The Congressional Award presented Pastor with the Wallop-Howard Leadership Award. The honor recognized his outstanding commitment to improving the lives of our nation’s youth and providing critical support to the Foundation’s outreach.

Lauded as a true public servant and a consummate fighter for civil rights, Pastor’s legacy will have a lasting impact.

Reps. Clarke, Maloney Honor New York Youth with Congressional Award

Peal Dip of Elmhurst, NY receives his Bronze Medal from Representatives Clarke and Maloney.

New York, NY — On October 21, 2018, U.S. Representatives Yvette Clarke (NY-09) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) hosted The Congressional Award’s 2018 New York Statewide Ceremony at New York Law School in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City.

The ceremony recognized 297 youth across the state for their personal goal-setting and acts of citizenship. Just shy of 50 recipients were able to attend the event.

To earn the award, each young person set and achieved goals in four program areas – Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

This year’s group contributed 37,055 volunteer hours to their communities, an average of 125 hours per participant.

“I was delighted to be able to salute all the wonderful young people who received The Congressional Award at the New York ceremony,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.

It’s a terrific program in which everyone benefits – the participants, who devote as much as two years of their time to projects that enable them to develop new skills, new interests, new insights, and new experiences as they go through the program; local organizations and people in need, who benefit from thousands of hours of public service volunteered by talented and ambitious young people; and communities, which benefit from having talented young people who have succeeded in challenging themselves to excel and who are becoming the leaders of the future,” added Maloney.

Issuing inspiring words of encouragement to the recipients Congresswoman Yvette Clarke stated, “Remember this award is only the beginning of your journey. Make service your lifestyle!”

New York’s Congressional Award recipients with Representatives Clarke, Maloney, and special guests.

Pamela Wilks, Assistant Principal of Manhattan Hunter Science High School, was presented with the Outstanding Advisor award for her efforts in mentoring students through the program.

Guests of honor included three members of The Congressional Award’s National Board of Directors – Anthony Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School, Dr. Brian Johnson, and Mitch Draizin – as well as NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres.

Spectrum News NY1 political reporter Grace Rauh volunteered her talents as the master of ceremonies.

Event photos, ceremony program, and list of award recipients (including hometowns) are available to view and download.

About
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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Representatives Clarke, Maloney to Hold Congressional Award Ceremony in NYC

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What
The Congressional Award New York Statewide Ceremony will recognize 297 Congressional Award recipients across the Empire State for their goal-setting achievements in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.

When
Sunday, October 21, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET

Where
New York Law School
Auditorium
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Who
U.S. Representatives Yvette Clarke (NY-09) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) will present the awards on behalf of Congress.

Spectrum News NY1 political reporter Grace Rauh will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Anthony Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School and member of The Congressional Award Foundation’s Board of Directors, will provide welcoming remarks.

The event will also usher in local leadership, welcoming NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres and Congressional Award Board Member Mitch Draizin.

Pamela Wilks, Assistant Principal of Manhattan Hunter Science High School, will be honored with the Outstanding Advisor award for her efforts in shepherding and mentoring students through the program.

Media Information
Download a list of this year’s 297 awardees (including hometowns).
Download an advance copy of the ceremony program.


The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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Sen. Wicker, Rep. Harper Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Mississippi Congressional Award

Mississippi’s Congressional Awardees with Sen. Wicker and Rep. Harper in the Old Capitol Museum.

Jackson, MS — On Sunday, October 14, 2018, Senator Roger Wicker (Miss.) and Congressman Gregg Harper (MS-03) hosted The Congressional Award’s 2018 Mississippi Statewide Ceremony at the Old Capitol Museum.

The award ceremony recognized 38 youth across the state for their personal goal-setting and volunteer efforts.

In 2018 alone, Congressional Award participants in Mississippi have contributed 41,850 hours of service to their communities.

Each recipient set and achieved goals in four program areas – Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

Senator Wicker congratulates award recipients.

“I am proud of these young men and women for their accomplishments,” said Senator Roger Wicker.

“Their impressive records of public service are a testament to their character and a credit to our state. I extend my personal thanks to Mississippi 4-H and the Mississippi State University Extension program for their 20 years of support of The Congressional Award. It is clear the program has promoted initiative, achievement, and excellence in our young people,” added Wicker.

Representative Gregg Harper interacts with recipients before the ceremony.

Parents, alumni, and mentors were also in attendance to celebrate an immense milestone.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Congressional Award program being presented through Mississippi 4-H and Mississippi State University Extension.

“The Congressional Award is able to empower and equip youth in local communities thanks to our elected officials and partners like Mississippi 4-H and Mississippi State University Extension. By offering shared experiences and fostering critical life skills, we are developing the next generation of leaders,” said Erica Heyse, National Director of The Congressional Award Foundation.

Special guests at the celebration included Dr. Gary Jackson, Director of Mississippi State University Extension; and Dr. Linda Mitchell, Regional Extension Coordinator for the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center and member of The Congressional Award Board of Directors.

16 WAPT News anchor Keegan Foxx volunteered her afternoon to be the master of ceremonies.

Event photos and a copy of the ceremony program (including a list of awardees and their hometowns) are available to view and download.

About
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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Sen. Wicker, Rep. Harper to Host Mississippi Congressional Award Ceremony

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What
The Congressional Award Mississippi Statewide Ceremony will recognize 38 youth from across the Magnolia State for their goal-setting achievements in four program areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.

The event will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Mississippi Congressional Award program presented through Mississippi 4-H and Mississippi State University Extension.

When
Sunday, October 14, 2018
2:30 p.m. CT

Where
Old Capitol Museum
100 State St.
Jackson, MS 39201

Who
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (MS) and U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (MS-03) will present the awards on behalf of Congress.

16 WAPT News Anchor Keegan Foxx will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Dr. Gary Jackson, Director of Mississippi State University Extension; and Dr. Linda Mitchell, Regional Extension Coordinator for North Mississippi Research and Extension Center and member of The Congressional Award Foundation’s Board of Directors; will provide remarks.

Media Information
Download a copy of the program for a list of this year’s medalists (including hometowns).


The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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Reps. Clay, Wagner Host Missouri Ceremony at Busch Stadium

Missouri’s Congressional Awardees with Representatives Clay, Wagner and guests at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis, MO — On Saturday, September 22, 2018, Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01) and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) recognized youth achievement in the Show Me State.

The 2018 Missouri Statewide Ceremony honored 46 youth across the state for personal goal-setting and volunteerism in their communities.

Each recipient set and achieved goals in four program areas – Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

This year’s group contributed 10,735 hours of service to their communities, an average of 233 hours per youth.

“It was my distinct honor to present The Congressional Award to extraordinary young people from all across Missouri,” stated Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02). “Hearing their stories, meeting their families, and witnessing their tremendous public service to our community was truly an inspiration.”

Representatives Clay and Wagner present Trey Fruend of St. Louis with the Gold Medal.

The ceremony was made possible by Title Sponsor Bayer.

The prominent life science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture was a fitting partner for an event held in one of the nation’s most active scientific research communities.

“Bayer is proud to partner with and support The Congressional Award Foundation, the STEM Stars program, and the national 4-H Council. Through this investment, we are helping young people engage in their communities and focus on STEM initiatives that will meet future demands for innovation and change,” said Al Mitchell, Bayer’s Vice President of Community Relations and President of the Monsanto Fund.

“It’s very gratifying to support an organization whose mission is to empower thousands of young people to challenge themselves in reaching their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens,” added Mitchell.

Award recipients are welcomed to Busch Stadium by St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt, III

Busch Stadium, home of Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals, was the perfect backdrop for the youth recognition event. The club welcomed award recipients and guests to Cunningham Corner and offered tickets to the televised ballgame beforehand.

“They’re here today because they’ve done great things in the community. Anytime you earn a Congressional Award it’s a big deal. Instead of them going to D.C. we had a Cardinal ballgame today and celebrated them in St. Louis,” said Bill DeWitt, III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Foundation also used the event to accentuate two long-standing partners – 4-H and People to People International – both youth leadership organizations with strong ties to Missouri.

People to People International’s CEO Merrill Eisenhower Atwater served as the keynote speaker.

Jo Britt-Rankin, Associate Dean and Extension Professor for University of Missouri Extension, gave remarks and was accompanied by a group of Missouri 4-Hers.

News 4 This Morning’s Marissa Hollowed lent her talents as master of ceremonies.

Sarah Nemanick shows off her Silver Medal.

The Congressional Award aims to foster principles of good citizenship and equip the next generation of leaders. The program offers not only a superlative to include on resumes and college applications, but has a track record of making goal-setting and service to others a habit for the youth that earn the award.

“Many of these students are college bound, others will enter the workforce. We hope that this program gives them the skillsets to prepare for their future,” stated Erica Heyse, National Director of The Congressional Award Foundation.

Julia Ngega of Lee’s Summit, Missouri was one of the Bronze Medalists presented at the ceremony.

“It was one of the most empowering, confidence-boosting things I’ve ever done. I am so grateful I did it. I feel like now I can go out and do more for my community and I enjoy that,” said Ngega.

Event photos and a copy of the ceremony program are available to view and download.

About
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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Thank You, Golfers!

A note from the desk of National Director Erica Heyse:

Dear Golfers,

Thank you for coming out for the big event on October 1st! It was a lovely sunny day and a reprieve from weeks of rain. In other words, perfection. We hope your game was the same. As many of you know, this is the largest fundraiser of the year for us. I’d like to thank each of you for making it possible. With your help, we raised almost $250,000 for the program. It was a record year for us!

First I’d like to thank our Congressional Players, Congressman Gregg Harper, James Comer, Billy Long, and Don Young (and his lovely wife) and all of the Chiefs of Staff for coming out and making our tournament a success. Not only are you making the time, but you are helping us promote the program in your districts. We hope you all had fun for a great cause!

As many of you know, The Congressional Award is a public/private partnership. The Award raises its own operating budget entirely through private sector donations. A special thank you goes out to our lead sponsor AARP, represented by Joyce Rogers and Board Member Beverly Gilyard. We’d also like to recognize our Platinum Sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, represented by Board Member and Development Chair Kathy Didawick and her team, Bayer – Gold Sponsor, represented by Board Member Chris Leahy, and all of our Sponsors:

Alfac, represented by Board Member Brad Knox
Lockheed Martin
Amerisource Bergen
Edward Jones
Bridgestone Firestone
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America
Kroger
T-Mobile
NEI
G2 Secure Staff, represented by Board Member Kim Talley
Celgene, represented by Board Member Pat Gliha
FMC Corporation
Cigar Rights of America
PCMA, represented by Board Member Jonathan Heafitz
United Rentals
Smithfield Foods
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
PhRMA
CSX
Abbott
Altria
ATA
Merck
Valero
CenturyLink
Convestro
ICSC
Johnson & Johnson

We’d like to also recognize our special guest and honoree, Mr. Curtis Martin. Most football fans know about Martin’s accomplishments on the field. The Patriots drafted him in the third round in 1995. He spent three seasons with them, and then spent his final eight years with the Jets. He made five Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro in 2004. His 14,101 rushing yards rank fifth in NFL history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

But yesterday we all learned that Martin was most remarkable for what he did off the field. Not only did he rise above his environment coming from a rough neighborhood in Pittsburgh, but when he joined the Patriots, he started setting aside a portion of his paychecks to establish the Curtis Martin Job Foundation. It was initially aimed at helping single mothers and has since expanded to support education and housing needs, children’s charities, and people with disabilities. I believe his story will stay with us for a long time to come.

 And last but certainly not least, a big THANK YOU to our Golf Chairman, David Falk, as well as every member of our Board. We thank you so much for your contributions at the event, but also throughout the year. See you all next time!

And finally, here’s a peek at the winners:
First Place: Tony Russo, Laura Linderman, Laura McPherson, and Chris Putala (T-Mobile)
Second Place: Gael Sullivan, Jamie Houton, Mike Rooney, and Congressman Don Young (BNSF Group)
Third Place: Berry Trimble, Dwayne Carson, and Karen Sessions (BCBSA Group)

Men’s Longest Drive: Andrew Callahan
Women’s Longest Drive: Caroline Cash
Men’s Closest to the Pin: Ben Kwon
Women’s Closest to the Pin: Karen Sessions

Best,

Erica Wheelan Heyse
National Director

Curtis Martin Selected as Horizon Award Recipient

Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Pro Football Hall of Famer to be recognized for charitable contributions

Washington, DC (September 25, 2018) — Congress will honor former NFL player Curtis Martin with the Horizon Award at The Congressional Award Foundation’s 24th Annual Golf Classic on October 1, 2018.

Curtis Martin played 11 seasons in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and New York Jets and is revered as one of the all-time great rushing leaders. Martin amassed 14,101 total rushing yards in his career, the fifth highest total in NFL history.

Martin is a 5-time Pro Bowl selection, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1995), NFL rushing yards leader (2004), and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

His humanitarian efforts and compassion may be more impressive.

While an active player, Curtis founded the Curtis Martin Job Foundation, aimed at providing financial aid and hands-on support to single mothers, youth charities, individuals with disabilities, and low income housing providers.

His foundation even launched an initiative to send surgeons to Third World countries to perform operations on underprivileged and uninsured patients.

Martin’s selfless acts have not gone unnoticed. He was named the 2014 Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council and has often been lauded for setting aside 12-20% of every paycheck for charity.

“Curtis has distinguished himself on and off the field. He personifies the tenets of The Congressional Award – initiative, service, and achievement – and has set an exceptional example for our youth. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor,” said Paxton Baker, Chairman of The Congressional Award National Board of Directors.

The Horizon Award
A special recognition from the Joint Leadership Commission of The Congressional Award Foundation and its Board of Directors, the Horizon Award recognizes individuals from the private sector who have worked to expand opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions.

Previous recipients include personalities like Drew Brees, America Ferrera, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bob Lanier, Wynton Marsalis, Cal Ripken, Jr., Pat and Emmitt Smith, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

About
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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Representatives Clay, Wagner to Jointly Host Congressional Award Ceremony

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Contact: Derek Doyle | doyle@congressionalaward.org
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What
The Congressional Award Missouri Statewide Ceremony & 4-H Kick-Off presented by Bayer will recognize Congressional Award recipients across the Show Me State for their achievements in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.

When
Saturday, September 22, 2018
4:30 p.m. CDT

Where
Busch Stadium
Cunningham Corner
700 Clark Street
St. Louis, MO 63102

Who
Bayer, a life science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture, will serve as the Title Sponsor.

U.S. Representatives Lacy Clay (MO-01) and Ann Wagner (MO-02) will present the awards on behalf of Congress.

News 4 This Morning Anchor, Marissa Hollowed, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, Chief Executive Officer of People to People International, will provide keynote remarks.

St. Louis Cardinals President, Bill DeWitt, III, will provide welcoming remarks.

Media Information
Download a list of this year’s 46 awardees (including hometowns).


The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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