WORCESTER, MA – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) presented the Congressional Award Bronze Medal to Rhea Krishnan, a Shrewsbury High School student who has completed more than 175 hours of service to the local community. Today’s award presentation took place at Congressman McGovern’s Worcester office and will include Rhea Krishnan’s family, teachers, and local community members.
As part of her service to the community, Rhea Krishnan volunteered her time coaching a middle school robotics team for over three years. She learned to motivate students to take initiative in their education and develop an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). In the process, Rhea has learned to be an effective leader.
For her Personal Development goal, Rhea wanted to expand her knowledge of robotics. To do this she learned to build a functioning life-size robot from scratch with her Shrewsbury High School robotics team. Through that work, she strengthened her understanding and passion for science, engineering, teamwork, and communication.
Rhea’s Physical Fitness goal was to join the high school track team and run the 800 meter race in under three minutes. As a result of regular practice with her team, she not only improved her stamina, but ran the 800 meter race and shaved 21 seconds off her previous time.
For her Expedition, Rhea planned a trip to Lake Umbagog in New Hampshire for her family. For five days they were immersed in wilderness without any modern amenities.