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March 19, 2013 > Fremont student earns national recognition

Fremont student earns national recognition

Submitted By Annie Tasker, Photo courtesy of Asha Chandra

Rohan Chandra of Fremont, a senior at The Harker School, was presented with an engraved bronze medallion to recognize his selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. The award accompanied a letter from the office of President Barack Obama, congratulating Chandra for his accomplishment.

Chandra was honored for creating the "Earthquake Preparedness for Seniors" project, for which he wrote and distributed 1,000 multilingual earthquake safety guides in Spanish, Farsi, Mandarin and Hindi and English, to an older immigrant population in our earthquake-prone region. Rohan recruited a group of 50 volunteers and raised more than $12,000 to support his project, and also assembled and distributed 250 earthquake kits to the most needy of seniors in his community.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), represents the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. For more information, visit

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