Rep. Soto Congratulates Abhinav Dhulipala, Central Florida's Congressional Award Gold Medal Recipient

June 22, 2018
Press Release

U.S. Congressman Darren Soto met with Abhinav Dhulipala, a Congressional Award Gold Medal recipient from Central Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Abhinav (Abhi) graduated from the Orlando Science School this past spring and will be attending the University of California, Berkeley in the Fall 2018 semester to study Engineering.


“Congratulations to Abhinav on earning the Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress bestows upon a youth civilian” said Rep. Darren Soto. “This achievement demonstrates an outstanding work ethic and dedication to the Central Florida community. We are all very proud of Abhinav and look forward to seeing great things from him in the future.”

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans, with the Gold Medal being the highest honor Congress can give to young civilians between the ages of 13 and 24. The program is non-partisan, consisting of four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. In order to win the award, Abhinav volunteered at the VA Medical Center and the Orlando Science Center, he taught himself Spanish during his commute to and from school, trained six days a week to improve his rowing skills, and completed the Philmont hike, a ten day high-altitude Boy Scouts of America adventure camp.

The 2018 Congressional Award class is the largest in the program’s 39 year history with 442 recipients from across 41 states. Winning the award requires the completion of 400 hours of community service and an additional 200 hours of personal development and physical fitness activities.

Congressman Darren Soto with Abhi, his Mother and younger brother, and Orlando Science School administrators.

Abhinav Dhulipala after receiving Medal.