June 24, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Public Service Awardees for Montgomery County

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the Montgomery County recipients of his 2019 Public Service Award. The Van Hollen Public Service Award is designed to commend a high school senior who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to community or public service. Students who embody this commitment are dedicated to making a positive change that will benefit their community, state, or nation. Senator Van Hollen is announcing over 125 recipients throughout Maryland.

“It’s important that we recognize students not only for their academic and athletic successes, but also for their work in the community. Each of these students has demonstrated their commitment to serving our communities, and I am proud to honor their hard work and dedication. I look forward to seeing the great things the future has in store for these young leaders, as they continue their efforts to make an impact,” said Senator Van Hollen.

Local recipients of the Van Hollen Public Service Award are below.

Name of Awardee

High School


Ana Thao Brye

The Siena School

Silver Spring, MD

Hannah Jo

Damascus High School

Damascus, MD

Tesia Shi

Richard Montgomery High School

Rockville, MD

Jessica Nguyen

James Hubert Blake High School

Silver Spring, MD

Alex Jin

Poolesville High School

Poolesville, MD

Michael Janis

Winston Churchill High School

Potomac, MD

Isabel Elizabeth Clarke

Seneca Valley High School

Germantown, MD

Wilbert Mora Urbina

Montgomery Blair High School

Silver Spring, MD

Sarah Elizabeth Serenyi

McLean School

Potomac, MD

Avneet Kaur

Northwest High School

Germantown, MD

Emily Jane Dimond

The Academy of the Holy Cross

Kensington, MD

Christelle Paul Mecherkany

Walt Whitman High School

Bethesda, MD

Kyra Cromwell Reed

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

Bethesda, MD

Kamilah Shaheed

Wheaton High School

Silver Spring, MD

Mark Austin Moran

Washington Christian Academy

Olney, MD

Kathryn Eller

Springbrook High School

Silver Spring, MD

Merav Friedman

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy

Rockville, MD

Grace Tuete Ouabo

Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School

Takoma Park, MD

Henderson Rodriguez

Takoma Academy

Takoma Park, MD

Nia Williams

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Bethesda, MD

Julia Strittmatter

Connelly School of the Holy Child

Potomac, MD

Giandra Taraji-Jaden West

Thomas Edison High School of Technology

Silver Spring, MD

Sienna H. Williams

Clarksburg High School

Clarksburg, MD

Safwan Masood

Paint Branch High School

Burtonsville, MD

Frederick DiFiore IV

Northwood High School

Silver Spring, MD

Clara Griffin

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

Olney, MD

Jasmine Wong

Rochambeau, the French International School

Bethesda, MD


The Van Hollen Public Service Award is awarded to students who display a deep sense of dedication to public service, take meaningful personal initiative, and bring an innovative and fresh approach to improving the lives of others. The Senator’s office invited local schools to nominate students who embody these guidelines and nominated students receive a Congressional Citation. The Van Hollen Public Service Awards program was launched in 2004 when Senator Van Hollen served in the House of Representatives and has since been expanded to encompass the entire state.