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Congressman McCarthy announces 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Awards for Kern County

Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced the recipients of the 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award for students in Kern and Tulare counties.

"This award is not only about outstanding academic achievement; it is also meant to recognize the character and positive values that these students uphold," said Congressman Kevin McCarthy. "Today, we honor the hard work and dedication that these exemplary young men and women have demonstrated in their scholastic and community endeavors. I look forward to watching these young leaders continue to succeed in the future."

Kyle Mathes Orr, student of Tehachapi High School, was one of the many Kern County recipients honored by McCarthy.

Also honored as an inspiring local educator chosen by each student was Hollis Kimbrough, teacher at Tehachapi High School.

The 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award was created to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated exemplary school citizenship, volunteerism, community service, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership skills and have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Earlier this year, high school principals were invited to select one outstanding graduating senior per school to receive the 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award.

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