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Harder Presents Congressional Gold Medal To Modesto Student
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Rep. Josh Harder and Anaahat Brar during the award ceremony in which the Congressman presented the Modesto student with a special Congressional Award Gold Medal. Photo Contributed

Representative Josh Harder has awarded Modesto senior Anaahat Brar the Congressional Award Gold Medal for her outstanding service to her community. He presented Brar’s award in person at a recent event.

“Anaahat is an aspiring physician who inspired me and our entire office with her commitment to volunteerism, service, fitness, and exploration. To win this award, she spent hundreds of hours volunteering at COVID vaccine clinics and in our hospitals, served as a junior taekwondo instructor while earning a double black belt herself, and taught reading and math through Kumon,” Rep. Harder said in his remarks. “Anaahat is an example of the incredible talent we have here in the Valley, and I’m sure she’s going to go on and make our entire community proud.”

Anaahat Brar is a senior at Joseph A. Gregori High School. She has worked toward the Congressional Award Gold Medal for the past two years, which is the highest level and honor a student can receive from the Congress.

For the voluntary public service section of the award, Brar taught classes at her taekwondo studio. She is currently a second-degree black belt and Junior Instructor through the Leadership and Legacy Program. She also volunteered at COVID vaccine clinics and various other events through an organization in Mountain House known as Sikhs For Humanity, which is a national organization with a local chapter in the Tracy area. For the personal development section of the award, Brar shadowed various physicians in the medical field. She also worked as a tutor at a local Kumon teaching children math and English skills and concepts. For the personal fitness section of the award, she spent more than 300 hours sparring at her taekwondo studio. And for the expedition and exploration section of the award, Brar planned a weeklong road trip of national parks across Utah.