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AFSA NEWS

Meet the 2016 AFSA

Merit Award Winners

1. Adele Birkenes

– daughter of

Robert Birkenes (USAID – FS)

and Suzanne Polak, is graduat-

ing from the NIST International

School in Bangkok, Thailand.

She plans to attend Vassar

College majoring in biology. Rec-

ognized as the Louis and Valeria

Hebert Memorial Scholar. Adele

also received the AFSAMerit

“Best Essay Award.”

2. Isabella Blackman

– daugh-

ter of Kirninder P. Braich (Stat-

daughter of Brian Blackman

(State – FS) and Allison Black-

man (State – CS), is graduat-

ing from James Madison High

School in Vienna, Virginia. She

plans to attend the University of

Virginia majoring in biology. Rec-

ognized as the Donald S. Spigler

Memorial and Maria Giuseppa

Spigler Scholar.

3. George Christensen

– son of

Darin Christensen (State – FS)

and Elizabeth Christensen, is

graduating from the Radford

School in El Paso, Texas. He

plans to attend BrighamYoung

University majoring in physics.

Recognized as the Turner C.

Cameron Jr. Memorial Scholar.

4. Kyle Dominguez

– son of

Stacy Pearce (State – FS) and

Daniel Dominguez, is graduat-

ing from the American School

in London in London, United

Kingdom. He plans to attend

Massachusetts Institute of Tech-

nology majoring in engineering

and computer science.

5. Agnes Ezekwesili

– daughter

of Nestor Ezekwesili (State – FS)

and Ogugua Ezekwesili (State

– CS), is graduating fromThe

Hotchkiss School in Lakeville,

Connecticut. She plans to attend

the University of North Carolina,

Chapel Hill.

6. Samir Fierro

– son of Jose

Fierro (State – FS) and Sha-

ron Fierro, is graduating from

Millennium High School in

Goodyear, Arizona. He plans to

attend Arizona State University’s

Barrett Honors College major-

ing in physics. Recognized as

the Joanna and Robert Martin

Scholar.

7. Helen Froats

– daughter of

Daniel Froats (State – FS) and

Silvia Froats (State – CS), is

graduating fromMcLean High

School in McLean, Virginia. She

plans to attend the University of

Washington (Seattle) majoring

in biology. Recognized as the

Priscilla and John Becker Family

Scholar.

8. Dylan Galt

– son of Ambas-

sador Jennifer Galt (State – FS)

and Frederic Galt, is graduating

from the International School

of Ulaanbaatar in Ulaanbaatar,

Mongolia. He plans to attend

Brown or Princeton Univer-

sity majoring in mathematics.

Recognized as the Joanna and

Robert Martin Scholar.

9. Riena Harker

– daughter of

Bradley Harker (FCS – FS) and

Megumi Harker, is graduating

from the International School

of Beijing in Beijing, China. She

plans to attend Middlebury Col-

lege majoring in geology or earth

science.

10. Peter Huson

– son of Tim

Huson (State – FS) and Anne

Braghetta (State – FS), is

graduating from the Country

Day School in San Jose, Costa

Rica. He will attend Brown Uni-

versity majoring in engineering.

Recognized as the BlueCross

BlueShield Federal Employee

Health Benefit Program Scholar.

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