Vaishnavi Rao Accepts First Place Award in Senior Division of 2012 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest

April 11, 2013

Vaishnavi Rao, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, California, accepted the first place award in the United States Capitol Historical Society’s 2012 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest in a simple ceremony at the society’s offices on Capitol Hill on April 10, 2013.

Ms. Rao’s essay, entitled“The Unsung Hero’s Gift to America,” was judged the most outstanding entry among the hundreds of essays in the senior division (grades 9-12).

Richard N. Holwill presents the first place award in the senior division of the 2012 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest to Vaishnavi Rao of San Diego, CA.

Richard N. Holwill, Global Vice President of Alticor, Inc., parent company of Amway, presented the award. Amway funded the 2012 student essay contest, and Mr. Holwill, a former trustee of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society praised Ms. Rao and her parents, who were also in attendance, for her accomplishment in winning the contest.

Ms. Rao is an exceptional student, whose major interests are in science and writing. In addition to this award, she has won the prestigious Davidson Fellowship, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Christopher Columbus Life Sciences Award for outstanding contribution to life sciences, a Gold Medal at the Hong Kong International Science Fair, several prizes at the Intel International Science Fair, and 3rd place in an international essay contest hosted by the Gulen Institute.

The presentation to the winner of the Junior Division of the 2012 Student Essay Contest will be made at the Society’s 2013 Spring Symposium on May 3.