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Local Students receive Congressional Medals from Rep. Kevin Brady

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On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady presented Congressional Award Medals to ten students at the Justice of the Peace #3 Courtroom located at 1520 Lake Front Circle Suite 100, The Woodlands, TX 77380.

Congressman Kevin Brady shared, “[I] was honored to award congressional medals to these young people who represent the best of America through their servant leadership. Each honoree has achieved their own personal challenging goals in four areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration. These community leaders have bright futures ahead of them!”

 The ten driven teenagers, including three sets of siblings, from Congressional District Eight received Congressional Medals they earned from U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady.

  • Maddie Mae Custer, 16, a junior with Mother of Divine Grace Homeschool and a Lone Star College–Montgomery dual credit student, is a Senior Acolyte at St. Anthony of Padua Church and has been invited to play viola with the Conroe City Orchestra. Maddie has her sights set on becoming an Aggie and attending law school. She says earning her Bronze Congressional Medal taught her “that I could accomplish challenging goals” and “a sense of confidence.”
  • Henry Lyons, 17, a junior at The John Cooper School, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, the Interact Club, the TOPS Program and with Hurricane Harvey recovery. A member of the cross country team and an avid pianist, Henry says his Silver Congressional Medal is all about “how I try to better myself and my community.”
  • Sam Lyons, 15, a sophomore at The John Cooper School, is a soccer player and an active committee member for Habitat for Humanity. Sam says earning the Bronze Congressional Medal is an honor that “shows all the time and effort that I put into myself and my community.”
  • Carina Masuelli, 17, a senior at The John Cooper School, is a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and National Hispanic Scholar who has acted in school musical and released an album of her original music. With plans to study in engineering and music, Carina says her Bronze Medal quest allowed her “to learn about the needs of the less fortunate in our local community and the value that volunteers bring, while focusing on specific personal goals.”
  • Brian Seelig, 19, a University of Oklahoma sophomore majoring in Aviation, earned a Silver Congressional Media. An Air Force JROTC student and Scout, Brian puts his background as a science camp volunteer to work as a member of the University of Oklahoma NIFA flight team. He believes the medal process taught him how to make himself stronger.
  • Catherine Seelig, 18, a Texas A&M University freshman studying Chemical Engineering earned a Silver Congressional Medal. In high school, she was a member of the track team and volunteered at a senior care home and with many community events as well as participating in UIL Music competitions, band and Chamber Music Festivals.
  • Emily Seelig, 16, a sophomore at The Woodlands High School, earned both Bronze and Silver Congressional Medals. Emily is active in The Woodlands High School Band and has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, the Children’s Museum, a local food pantry and other organizations. Emily earned this honor by “giving back to the community through hard work and dedication.“
  • Nivedhitha “Nila” Selvaraj, 18, a freshman at The University of Texas at Austin, is pursuing a double major in Computer Science in the Turing Scholars Honors Program and the Plan II Honors Program. While at The Woodlands High School, Nila earned both Bronze and Silver Congressional Medals which “showed me how much I can achieve and improve by myself, if I set goals and work steadily toward them in all areas of my life.”
  • Allison Sharer, 15, a freshman at The Woodlands High School is an accomplished gymnast, track and field athlete and community volunteer. In addition to earning her Silver Congressional Medal, Allison has achieved numerous honors for her charity and Girl Scout endeavors, serves on the student council and has participated in citizen scientist projects through Gulf Coast MENSA.
  • Ashley Sharer, 15, a freshman at The Woodlands High School, is a highly decorated Girl Scout, volunteer and student athlete with numerous track and field wins in long distance running, the triple jump, pole vault and swimming competitions. In addition to earning her Silver Congressional Medal, Ashley helped her Robotics team score multiple competition awards and participated in citizen scientist projects through Gulf Coast MENSA.

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans ages 14 to 23 and is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals where each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

Learn more about the Congressional Medal program at


Source: Office of Congressman Kevin Brady and Rep. Kevin Brady Facebook Page