The Foreign Service Journal - October 2014 - page 57

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2014
57
AFSA NEWS
Representative Adam Schi‹
(D-Calif.) met with a diverse
group of Foreign Service o•-
cers and specialists at AFSA
on July 29 for an o‹-the-
record conversation on life in
the Foreign Service.
Schi‹, who sits on the
House Appropriations Com-
mittee and the House Perma-
nent Select Committee on
Intelligence, was, as he said,
looking for insight on what a
career in the Foreign Service
looks like today.
AFSA set up the meeting
for Rep. Schi‹ with a group
of 18 members, o•cers and
AFSA/MATTSUMRAK
Congressman Seeks Insight on Foreign Service Life
specialists from all ranks,
many of whom had previ-
ously served in Priority Sta‹-
ing Posts and other high-
threat, high-risk posts.
Rep. Schi‹ opened by
urging the group to tell him
“what you want members
of Congress to know about
either life in the Foreign Ser-
vice or in the places you’ve
been posted.”
Discussing career paths,
hardship posts, tandem
assignments and unaccom-
panied tours, the participants
shared their experiences, and
their frustrations, in detail.
Members reiterated the
importance of being able to
engage safely overseas and
the value of language and
security-awareness training
as part of their preparation
for doing so.
The congressman closed
From left: AFSA President Robert J. Silverman, Representative Adam Schiƒ
and AFSA State VP Matthew Asada.
The Foreign Service Youth Foundation
presented its annual awards on June 27
in a ceremony at the State Department
hosted by Acting Foreign Service Direc-
tor General Hans Klemm and the Family
Liaison O•ce. The event also recognized
awardees of the Associates of American
Foreign ServiceWorldwide Scholarship
Merit Award program as well as children
whose parents are serving or have served
at an unaccompanied post.
In 2006, the department began send-
ing medals and certificates of recogni-
tion to children whose parents were serv-
ing or had served at an unaccompanied
post. To date, some 5,000 children have
been recognized.
To learn more about the FSYF awards,
visit
For more about the
AAFSWawards, visit
And for additional information about
FLO’s Unaccompanied Tours program,
see
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ART CONTEST:
Ages 5-8
FIRST PLACE:
Sabra Goveia, Chisinau, Moldova
SECOND PLACE:
Abigail Bills, Jakarta, Indonesia
THIRD PLACE:
Annika Bitner, Jerusalem
Ages 9-12
FIRST PLACE:
Melody Reynolds, Ottawa, Canada
SECOND PLACE:
Jacob Newman, Mbabane, Swazi-
land
THIRD PLACE:
Soliana Doutrich, Ciudad Juarez,
Mexico
Ages 13-18
FIRST PLACE:
Alison Dominguez, New Delhi, India
SECOND PLACE:
Samuel Mitchell, Seoul, South
Korea
JOINT THIRD PLACE:
Eliana Silver, Madrid, Spain
JOINT THIRD PLACE:
Helen Reynolds, Ottawa,
Canada
ESSAY CONTEST:
Middle School
FIRST PLACE:
Madilyn Abbe, Jakarta, Indonesia
SECOND PLACE:
Liam Rathke, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
THIRD PLACE:
Daisy Bailey, Manila, Philippines
High School
FIRST PLACE:
Alison Dominguez, New Delhi, India
SECOND PLACE:
Emma Hannan, Washington, D.C.
THIRD PLACE:
Elka Sterling, The Hague, Nether-
lands
K I DV I D CONTEST:
FIRST PLACE:
Elan Albalak, Bridgetown, Barbados
SECOND PLACE:
Howard Brown, Reykjavik, Iceland
THIRD PLACE:
Hugo Goddard and Sophie Goddard,
Conakry, Guinea
COMMUN I TY SERV I CE AWARD :
Alice d’Aboville, United Kingdom
Alison Dominguez, New Delhi, India
MER I T SCHOLARSH I P :
FIRST PLACE:
Alexander Robinson, Salvador, Brazil
SECOND PLACE:
Sumika Davidson, Tokyo, Japan
FSYF 25TH ANN I VERSARY
LOGO CONTEST:
Tyler Feeken, Sta‹ord, Virginia
AAFSW SCHOLARSH I P
MER I T AWARDS :
HIGH SCHOOL/GAP YEAR MERIT AWARD:
Alexander
Robinson
COLLEGE MERIT AWARD:
Natalie Hernandez
BEST ESSAY AWARD:
Amelia Smith
JUDY FELT MEMORIAL VOLUNTEERISM SCHOLARSHIP:
Margaret Hale
Foreign Service Youth Foundation Presents Annual Awards
by thanking members for
their service and promising
to help share their stories on
the Hill with his colleagues.
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–Debra Blome,
Associate Editor
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