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AFSA Governing Board Adds Two
At its Nov. 6 meeting, the AFSA Governing Board
approved the appointment of two new members to
fll the remaining terms ending in July 2013 of two
departing members. Andrew Levin and Jason Singer
replace USAID GB Reps Michael Henning and Iris
Young. Mr. Henning served on the board for 6 years,
while Ms. Young returned to her obligations at work.
We thank them for their service.
Andrew and Jason bring years of USAID and For-
eign Service experience to the table. We welcome
them to the team!
On Nov. 29, the ffteenth
annual AFSA National High
School Essay Contest got
underway with the unveiling
of this year’s topic on AFSA’s
Web site. This year, students
are being asked to assume
the role of a U.S. ambassador
to one of six countries—
Haiti, Greece*, Libya, India*,
Kenya or Burma*. Using the
resources available to an
ambassador at post, they
must address the current
major foreign policy issues
between their chosen nation
and the United States.
The essay contest is one
of AFSA’s premier outreach
programs, which attracts
hundreds of submissions
from all over the world and
reaches the eyes of thou-
sands of teachers and high
school students. This is
AFSA’s High School Essay Contest Enters Fifteenth Year
borne out by the fact that the
essay contest page on the
AFSAWeb site is consistently
in the top three for page
views each year. It is a tre-
On Nov. 20, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Thomas Shannon, Jr., boarded
Semester at Sea’s
MV Explorer
to address the relationship between the
U.S. and Brazil during a Global Studies program in the foating campus’s
student union. Amb. Shannon and members of his staf spent two days on
board lecturing students as the ship sailed to Manaus.
mendous opportunity to edu-
cate America’s youth about
the importance of the work
carried out by our diplomats
and development profession-
als around the world.
We are grateful to our
partner, the Institute for
Shipboard Education’s
Semester at Sea program
for supporting this impor-
tant contest by providing
a fully-funded, educational
semester to the winning
student once they enroll in an
accredited college. The frst
place winner will also receive
$2,500 and will travel with
their family to Washington,
D.C. to meet with the Secre-
tary of State.
For more on the Semester
at Sea program, please visit Fo
contest details, please visit
or contact Perri Green at or
719-9700. The submission
deadline is April 15, 2013.
AFSA Scholarship Applications
Are Now Being Accepted
Applications for AFSA scholarships—Academic and
Art Merit Awards for high school seniors (top prizes
are $2,000), and need-based Financial Aid Scholar-
ships for undergraduate college study (aid ranges
from $1,000 to $4,000)—are now being accepted.
Children of AFSA and AAFSWmembers are
eligible (please note that grandchildren of Foreign
Service employees are ineligible). For more informa-
tion, please visit or
Lori Dec at (202) 944-5504 or  
*A few of Semester at Sea’s destinations.