ISLAMABAD:26 April: The READ Foundation students, who excelled in the secondary and higher secondary school certificate exams 2011, received gold medals in the ‘Academic Excellence Awards’ ceremony on Wednesday. Jubilant students from across 340 schools and their parents, government officials as well as teachers and principals from the accomplished schools, philanthropists, and a large number of people from the development and corporate sector attended the ceremony. US Ambassador Cameron Munter’s wife, Dr Marylin Wyatt, was the chief guest on the occasion. She said, “We respect you. We value your culture. We honour your sacrifices. Americans want a Pakistan that is vibrant, stable, and secure,” adding, “we have a relationship that is rooted in mutual interests and mutual respect.” Congratulating position holders, Wyatt said the US was focusing on Pakistan’s priorities like energy, education and economic growth. “We are building schools and providing education for thousands of Pakistanis. We are giving scholarships to Pakistanis to attenda universities in Pakistan, and giving more scholarships to Pakistanis to study in the United States. We want to see each of you students explore the extra-ordinary potential for the benefit of all, and one in which the strength of Pakistan - its vibrant culture and diversity - serves as a symbol of success,” she added. app.