THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Celebrating Foreign Service
On July 7, the American Foreign Service Association honored
its 2017 Merit Award winners and sponsors in a first-time
joint ceremony with sister Foreign Service organizations at
the State Department’s George C. Marshall Center.
More than 55 students, living in the United States or at
posts overseas from ages 5 to 18, were honored as awards
were presented by AFSA, Associates of the American For-
eign Service Worldwide, the Overseas Briefing Center and
the Foreign Service Youth Foundation.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human
Resources Constance Dierman gave the keynote address.
The Family Liaison Office was instrumental in providing
AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson and
AFSA Scholarship Committee Chair Ambassador (ret.) Lange
Schermerhorn presented awards to nine recipients (out of 24
AFSA awardees) who were present at the ceremony.
In her remarks, Amb. Stephenson praised the resilience
of children in Foreign Service families, and recognized the
hard work of those receiving awards at the ceremony.
AFSA recipients in attendance were Claudia Amadeo-
Luyt; Emma Bachman; Peter Huson, accepting for his
brother, Scott; Harry Kamian; Marianna Karagiannnis; Jules
Levy; Jarrah May; Alice Naland and Jane O’Connor.
Also present were AFSA Merit Award donors John and
Priscilla Becker, Jim Elmore of Embassy Risk Management,
AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson (far right) and
Scholarship Committee Chair Ambassador (ret.) Lange Schermerhorn (far
left) with the nine local winners of AFSA Merit Award scholarships at the
July 7 award ceremony.
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