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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2012
57
WOMEN IN SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT
FOCUS
AFSA NEWS
On July 26, at the Depart-
ment of State, Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton
presented the frst-place cer-
tifcate to Natasha Madorsky
of Cleveland, Ohio, this year’s
winner of the American
Foreign Service Association
National High School Essay
Contest.
Earlier in the day, Ms.
Madorsky, a rising 12th-
grader from Cleveland
Heights High School, was
invited to join Senator
Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, at a
morning cofee held at the
U.S. Senate Visitor Center in
Washington, D.C.
The AFSA contest was
frst held in 1999, for the pur-
pose of stimulating interest
among high school students
in diplomacy. Contestants
must select an essay topic
from a list of current U.S.
international relations issues
occurring in specifc coun-
tries. Natasha’s winning
essay focused on the crisis in
South Sudan.
“AFSA is very proud to
have sponsored this impor-
tant contest over the years,
which has attracted thou-
sands of students country-
wide to write thoughtfully on
critical foreign policy issues
and to consider entering
the U.S. Foreign Service or
other international careers,”
commented AFSA President
Susan R. Johnson.
Natasha received an
award of $2,500 and a trip
to Washington, D.C. (accom-
panied by her parents, Dr.
Elizabeth Stern and Michael
Madorsky, and her English
teacher and mentor, Mar-
garet Hull) for a meeting
with Secretary Clinton. Our
contest sponsors were rep-
resented by Robert Waters,
vice president of academic
afairs at the Institute for
Shipboard Education, and
AFSA Celebrates High School Essay Contest Winner
BY DONNA AYERST,
AFSA NEWS
EDI TOR
Mona El-Banna of Booz Allen
Hamilton.
Once accepted to an
accredited university, she will
also receive an all-expense-
paid educational voyage
with ISE’s Semester at Sea
program. Her high school will
receive 10 copies of AFSA’s
book,
Inside a U.S. Embassy
.
This year, some 500
essays were submitted from
(Top) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presents frst-place
certifcate to Natasha Madorsky. (Bottom, Left to Right) Elizabeth Stern,
Robert Waters, Natasha Madorsky, Michael Madorsky, Sec. Clinton and
Margaret Hull chat after the presentation.
CALENDAR
10/3/2012
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
10/8/2012
Columbus Day: AFSA Ofces
Closed
10/11/2012
4:00 - 6:00 PM
FSJ
Redesign Launch
Reception
10/14/2012 –
10/18/2012
AFSA Road Scholar Program
10/17/2012
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Luncheon: 169th A-100 Class
10/19/2012
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Luncheon: USAID DLI-24
Class
10/22/2012
2:00 - 3:30 PM
AFSA Book Notes:
“America’s Other Army”
Continued on page 59
THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
In Remembrance