2021 Congressional Medal of Merit Students in Indian River County

Sebastian River High School
Sebastian River High School

On Thursday, June 3, 2021, four Indian River County high school graduates received the 2021 Congressional Medal of Merit by Congressman Bill Posey.

Each student was nominated by their high school for the Congressional Medal of Merit to recognize their academic excellence, civic involvement, commitment to their communities, and other achievements. 

The award ceremony took place at the Brevard County Government Complex in Viera.

Indian River County 2021 Congressional Medal of Merit Winners 

  • Joshua Navarro – Indian River Charter High School
  • Zayna Shaikh – Saint Edward’s School
  • Andres Ruiz – Sebastian River High School
  • Tristan Trax – Vero Beach High School

“I congratulate and commend these extraordinary students for their leadership in the classroom and in their community,” said Congressman Posey. “These bright young people are the future of our great country, and this award helps ensure their hard work and accomplishments do not go unrecognized.”

Congressional Medal of Merit 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Congressional Medal of Merit in 1942. It was originally created to honor citizens of the United States for their services during World War II. 

However, in present times, the US Congress can award it to honor citizens ages 14 to 23 for their contributions, leadership, and achievements.

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