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AFSA National High School

Essay Contest Winner

Thomas Keller,

Episcopal School of Dallas

Dallas, Texas


Anuj Krishnamurthy,

The Lawrenceville School

Monmouth Junction, New Jersey

Coverage of Thomas’ trip to Washington, D.C.,

will appear in a future issue of AFSA News.

2015 AFSA Award Winners

Ambassador William C. Harrop

Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy

Constructive Dissent Awards

Thomas M. Duffy

Christian A. Herter Award for a

Senior Foreign Service Officer

Samuel Kotis

William R. Rivkin Award for a Mid-Level FSO

Amelia Shaw

W. Averell Harriman Award for an Entry-Level FSO

Jeffrey Bing

F. Allen “Tex” Harris Award for a Foreign Service Specialist

Exemplary Performance Awards

Mary Beth Bechtel

Avis Bohlen Award for a Foreign Service Family Member

Julia Harrison

Veronica Peters (runner-up)

Nelson B. Delavan Award for a Foreign Service Office

Management Specialist

Alexei Trofim

Sara Locke and Jamie Bellamy (runners-up)

M. Juanita Guess Award for a Community Liaison Officer

Andrew Young

Joshua Baker (runner-up)

Mark Palmer Award for the Advancement of Democracy

Charlee Doom

AFSA Post Representative of the Year Award

Ambassador Andrew Winter

AFSAAchievement and Contributions

to the Association Award

Full coverage of AFSA’s June 9 awards ceremony, profiles

of the winners and related articles will

appear in the September issue of

The Foreign Service Journal


vice specialist, died on May

26, 2014, from injuries suf-

fered during a gas explosion

in her Moscow apartment.

(See the

May AFSA News


their profiles.)

AFSA Merit Awards


AFSA concluded the day

by hosting an afternoon

reception and award cer-

emony to honor its nearly

two dozen art and academic

merit award winners for the

2014-2015 school year.

The winners competed for

the monetary prizes among

a highly competitive pool of

Foreign Service high school

seniors whose parents are

active-duty or retired AFSA

members. (See pp.


for a full write-up on the

program and this year’s


The reception was well

attended by merit award

donors, locally based

winners and past award

recipients, parents, volun-

teer award panel judges and

Foreign Service retirees.

It was also a positive way

to end this year’s Foreign

Affairs Day. Surely anyone in

attendance could not help

but think that some of these

promising young members

of today’s Foreign Service

family will soon be among

tomorrow’s foreign affairs



—Maria C. Livingston,

Associate Editor