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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MAY 2017

55

AFSA NEWS

Professional Excellence:

2016 Sinclaire Language

Awards Recipients Honored

The American Foreign Service

Association takes great pride

in recognizing professional

excellence within the Foreign

Service, including the mas-

tery and professional utiliza-

tion of languages—a vital skill

to acquire for a successful

Foreign Service career. This

year, we add 11 recipients to

the list of over 300 members

of the Foreign Service who

have been so honored previ-

ously.

AFSA established this

award program in 1982 fol-

lowing a generous bequest

from former Foreign Service

Officer MatildaW. Sinclaire,

who sought “to promote and

reward superior achievement

by career officers of the For-

eign Service…while studying

one of the Category III or IV

languages under the aus-

pices of the Foreign Service

Institute.”

Any career or career-condi-

tional member of the Foreign

Service from the Department

of State, U.S. Agency for Inter-

national Development, Foreign

Commercial Service, Foreign

Agricultural Service, Broad-

casting Board of Governors

or Animal and Plant Health

Inspection Service is eligible

for the award.

Recipients are selected by

a committee comprised of the

dean of the FSI School of Lan-

guage studies (or his or her

designee), an active member

of AFSA and the AFSAAwards

and Plaques Committee. Each

winner receives $1,000 and a

certificate of recognition.

All of this year’s recipients

demonstrated extraordinary

skills in their chosen language

at post. Their impressive

feats include participating in

live television interviews in

Albanian, acting as master of

ceremonies in Japanese for

an event at the ambassador’s

residence, and conducting

highly technical meetings with

the ministries of finance and

customs and border authority

in Arabic.

We are pleased to

announce the 2016 Sinclaire

Award recipients:

Gregory Aurit,

Japanese

Brian Corteville,

Albanian

Henry Yu-Hang Fung,

Mongolian

Jacob Glenn,

Hindi

Kevin O. Gonzalez,

Mandarin Chinese

Christopher Gooch,

Nepali

David H. Johnson,

Farsi

Mariana Neisuler,

Arabic

Jacob Rocca,

Japanese

David Wacker,

Estonian

James A. Waterman,

Georgian

For more information

on the Sinclaire Awards,

please contact AFSA Awards

Coordinator Perri Green at

green@afsa.org

or (202) 719-

9700, or visit

www.afsa.org/

sinclaire.

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—James Schiphorst,

Awards Intern