ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 73
(Senate - May 07, 2018)

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                         ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS


                        TRIBUTE TO ROHAN RAJEEV

 Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, today I would like to recognize 
Rohan Rajeev, of Edmond, OK, a young man of exemplary character and 
talent. Rohan made history as the runner-up at the 2017 Scripps 
National Spelling Bee. In his first appearance at the bee, Rohan earned 
his position by qualifying from a pool of over 11 million students from 
around the world. In 2016, Rohan earned the distinction as the first 
speller from Oklahoma to win the Association of Christian Schools 
International Spelling Bee.
  Rohan has used his skills to help and teach others. He has served as 
the first grand marshal of the Eastern Oklahoma State Spelling Bee, a 
nonprofit competition whose mission is to help students develop 
spelling and vocabulary skills. He has contributed to the community by 
volunteering and taking leadership positions in programs and 
organizations, including Oklahoma Student Voices and Youth and 
  While his honors are many, I am most impressed by Rohan's humility 
and courage. He attributes his success to his faith in Jesus Christ, 
knowing that He has brought him thus far in life. Despite enduring the 
loss of his sister, Raina, to a severe neurological condition, Rohan 
continues to honor her memory by dedicating his performances to Raina, 
and she continues to inspire Rohan to pursue his dreams.
  Congratulations, Rohan. I wish you well in your future endeavors, and 
I know your future is bright.