Foreign Service Journal - November 2013 - page 55

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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NOVEMBER 2013
55
AFSA NEWS
Secretary of State John Kerry with 2013 High School Essay Contest
winner Kailee Pedersen.
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AFSAAnnounces 2014 National High School Essay Contest:
How Did Diplomacy Matter?
In 2014, the United States
Foreign Service and AFSA
both celebrate their 90th
anniversaries. To honor the
occasion, AFSA’s National
High School Essay Contest is
taking a new approach.
Students are asked to
select one foreign policy
issue from the last 90 years
where diplomacy played a
decisive role. The writer must
identify the event or issue;
outline the steps the Foreign
Service took to address it;
and explain why diplomacy
mattered then and today.
The essay contest is open
to high school students
whose parents are not in the
Foreign Service. The goals of
the contest are to raise the
profile of the Foreign Service,
identify outstanding stu-
dents, build a constituency
for diplomacy and promote
the Service as a career
choice.
The winner of AFSA’s
National High School Essay
contest winner will receive
$2,500, an invitation to
travel with their parents to
Washington, D.C., to meet
the Secretary of State and a
100-day “Semester at Sea”
educational voyage around
the world.
The Institute for Ship-
board Education’s “Semester
at Sea” academic program
(celebrating its 50th year),
is sponsored by the Univer-
BY PERRI GREEN, AFSA SPECIAL AWARDS AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
sity of Virginia. College-level
courses aboard the
M.V.
Explorer
are enhanced by
in-port field studies. To learn
more about this exceptional
program, please go to www.
semesteratsea.org.
The National Student
Leadership Conference
provides the runner-up with a
full scholarship to participate
in their international diplo-
macy program. The NSLC
offers students the oppor-
tunity to experience life on a
college campus and explore
future career opportunities.
For more information about
upcoming programs, please
visit
AFSA is grateful to our
sponsors, the Institute for
Shipboard Education and the
National Student Leadership
Conference, for their gener-
osity in providing the first-
place and runner-up prizes.
Essays will be accepted
through March 15, 2014.
The essay winner will be
announced in early summer.
Please note that children of
Foreign Service employees
are ineligible.
For more information,
please go to
/
essaycontest or contact Perri
Green at
or
(202) 719-9700.
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Deputy Secretary of State Burns Visits AFSA
On Sept. 4, Deputy Secretary of State
William J. Burns (left) attended a breakfast
meeting with AFSA’s Governing Board at
the association’s headquarters. A full range
of issues affecting the Department of State
and the Foreign Service were discussed.
At the conclusion of the meeting, AFSA
President Robert J. Silverman presented
Burns, a lifetime AFSA member, with a
plaque in recognition of his dedication to
and leadership of the Foreign Service of
the United States.
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