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SOURCE The United States Capitol Historical Society
St. Benedict's Preparatory Student from West Orange Honored for Exemplary Essay
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Capitol Historical Society is pleased to announce that Mr. Mahishan Gnanaseharan, a tenth-grader from West Orange, NJ who attends St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, NJ, has been named one of the winners of the 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest. Mahishan was awarded Second Place in the Senior Division and earned a cash prize of $500.
"The US Capitol Historical Society is pleased to recognize Mahishan Gnanaseharan for his exemplary essay," said US Capitol Historical Society President Ron Sarasin. "As with all the winning essays, Mahishan's essay reflected a deep understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our representative form of government."
Mr. Gnanaseharan's award-winning essay, "Practicing Our Rights: A Historical Imperative," highlights the role of the individual citizen throughout American history.
"A democracy in its barest frame is an intricate web of interdependent individuals," he writes. "These individuals-our body of citizens-must understand their duty to be aware of their granted rights. Ultimately, it is the everyday citizens who employ their rights to rectify grievous errors."
"Congratulations to Mahishan on his outstanding achievement in earning a second place award in this national essay contest," Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) said. "I am sure his family, teachers, and friends are very proud of his accomplishment. So is his Congressman! America's future depends on the active participation of its future leaders – students such as Mahishan – who understand what makes democracy work and are willing to do the hard work representative government requires of all its citizens."
"My sincerest congratulations go out to Mahishan for his award winning essay," said Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10). "The rights and responsibilities of our citizens are the bedrock of this nation, and I am so pleased that organizations like the United States Capitol Historical Society are working to get our youth engaged in learning more about our important history and the foundations of our democracy."
The 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest was made possible by a generous grant from Express Scripts. The 2013 contest is the second in the US Capitol Historical Society's Making Democracy Work program that has drawn hundreds of entries from students in grades 6-8 and 9-12.
The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) was founded in 1962 and is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol building, its institutions and the people who have served therein. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is a nonpartisan, private, nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational 501(c)3 organization.
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