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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 2 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L
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Jae Sung Shrader
— daughter
of Jeffrey and Sung Mi Shrader.
Recipient of the Associates of
the American Foreign Service
Worldwide (AAFSW) Financial
Aid Scholarship, the William P.
and Adele Langston Rogers
Memorial Financial Aid
Scholarship and the George
Schultz Financial Aid
Scholarship. She is currently
attending the University of
Miami.
David Stuart
— son of
Steven Stuart and Ellen
Wilson. Recipient of the
Elbert G. and Naomi M.
Mathews Memorial Financial
Aid Scholarship. He is
currently attending the Illinois
Institute of Technology.
O
n Nov. 15, with AFSA staff members Perri Green and Donna Ayerst
in attendance, Arlington County supervisor Jay Fisette and Fairfax
Trails and Streams representative Steve Dryden unveiled a plaque
commemorating the heroic deed of State Department clerk Stephen Plea-
sonton in 1814. Installed at theVirginia foot of Chain Bridge, close to the site
of the old grist mill at Pimmit Run, the plaque honors Pleasonton’s action
tomove vital national documents to safety, thus saving them from the British
military’s torch.
It all began when, from a vantage point at the Patuxent River village of
Benedict, Md., Secretary of State James Monroe sent a courier to notify
President James Madison that he was convinced the government of the
United States did not have the forces to defendWashington, D.C., from the
British troops amassing nearby.
Believing British troops would soon storm the nation’s capital, Monroe
sent a secondmessage to his clerk, Stephen Pleasonton, to remove all of the
nation’s documents for safekeeping.
As Pleasonton was packing up the Constitution, the secret journals of
Congress, Gen. GeorgeWashington’s correspondence, and the laws, treaties
and correspondence of the Department of State, General John Armstrong,
Secretary of War, assured him that the papers (andWashington) would be
safe. Fortunately, Mr. Pleasonton did not agree.
The linen bags holding most of the documents were to be carted to a
grist mill near Chain Bridge. As Pleasonton was loading the last of the doc-
uments, he turned to survey the department’s office one more time. Only
then did he notice the Declaration of Independence hanging on the wall!
After spending a night at the mill, Mr. Pleasonton felt it would be safer
to be further from the city and proceeded to move our country’s historical
treasures to Leesburg, Va. There the documents were stored at Rokeby, an
empty house owned by William Binns, a friend of Secretary Monroe.
On Aug. 24, 1814, the British army marched into Washington and
burned many public buildings, including the offices of the Department of
State.
State Department Clerk
Saves the Nation’s Papers
BY PERRI GREEN, SPECIAL AWARDS AND
OUTREACH COORDINATOR, AND DONNA AYERST
AFSA
NEWS
BRIEFS
Many of the groups aired concerns regarding the budget for recruit-
ment of diversity candidates, the possible elimination of a Diplomat-in-
Residence position and the range of inconsistent views on diversity from
one bureau to another.
Finally,many in attendance noted that the Quadrennial Diplomacy and
Development Review failed to mention diversity. As a result, some feared
that facets of the QDDR’s implementation might have a negative effect on
the precarious progress diversity has made.
Following the meeting, Johnson commented: “This was an excellent be-
ginning to what AFSA sees as a mutually beneficial and constructive dia-
logue. AFSA and these groups share many common goals, and joining our
voices can only make us stronger. We look forward to future conversations
and the many good things that will come out of them.”
Affinity Groups • Continued from page 50
Not Pictured: (Alphabetical by Last Name)
Natascha Curbow
— daughter of Cecilia and Ethan Curbow.
Recipient of the Jacq Bachman Siracusa Financial Aid Scholarship
and the Dorothy Osborne and Theodore Xanthaky Memorial
Financial Aid Scholarship. She is currently attending Wesleyan
College.
Caitlin Sneff-Nuckles
— daughter of John Nuckles and Wendy
Sneff. Recipient of the Heyward G. Hill Memorial/DACOR Bacon
House Foundation Financial Aid Scholarship. She is currently
attending George Mason University.
Nathaniel Wilson
— son of Bruce and Patricia Wilson. Recipient
of the Elbert G. and Naomi M. Mathews Memorial Financial Aid
Scholarship. He is currently attending Edmonds Community
College.
2012 GEICO FSYF Award
The Foreign Service Youth Foundation is now ac-
cepting applications for the 2012 GEICO Foreign
Service Youth Foundation Academic Merit Award.
The winner will receive a one-time-only prize of
$4,000 and will be honored at the youth awards
ceremony held in July 2012.
For instructions, checklist, essay question and
application form, please go to
http://library.constant
comment.com/download/get/file/1102913459738-
113/FSYF+Academic+Merit+Scholarship+Final+
2012.pdf. To receive the forms as a Word document
or if you have questions, please e-mail
fsyf@fsyf.org
or call (703) 731-2960. Applications must be
received by FSYF no later than Feb. 1.
AFSA Scholarship
Application Deadline Is Feb. 6
Applications for AFSA’s 2012 Academic and Art
Merit Awards for high school seniors and AFSA’s
2012-2013 Financial Aid Scholarships for under-
graduates are due on Feb 6. Please visit
www.afsa.org/scholar for
complete details.