Vienna student Shah receives gold medal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Vienna student has been recognized for receiving a national honor.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., recognized Aarthy Shah, of Vienna, for receiving the Congressional Award Gold Medal.

Shah is a 2014 graduate of Parkersburg High School.

She received the medal after accomplishing goals in four areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration, according to a press release from Manchin. The voluntary participants can earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals based on their level of achievement.

Aarthy focused on the four program areas by completing more than 400 hours of public service at a local hospital, taking violin lessons and practicing regularly, participating in the local string orchestra, partaking in karate lessons and competing for the Governors Arts Academy, Manchin’s release stated.

In addition, she participated in West Virginia state tournaments and won several awards. Aarthy also traveled to India to study her heritage and explore her roots, the release said.

“I know I speak for all West Virginians in congratulating our very bright Vienna student, Aarthy Shah, for earning the Congressional Award Gold Medal,” Manchin said. “Aarthy not only voluntarily contributed her time and energy to serving her community, but her drive, discipline and talent demonstrated true leadership skills. I am confident that her impressive achievements will lead to many more great accomplishments in the future and I wish Aarthy only the best.”