Students could choose from the following topics: the post-
WorldWar II period and the Marshall Plan, the Cuban Missile Cri-
sis, the 1978 Camp David Accords, the end of the Cold War, the
Northern Ireland Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement,
and diplomacy through development (e.g., USAID, President’s Ma-
laria Initiative, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).
Winner Nitisha Baronia is from San Ramon, California. Baro-
nia graduated from Dougherty Valley High School and is attend-
ing the University of California, Berkeley. Her winning essay, “The
Marshall Plan: A Test of Our Progress,”
demonstrated a clear un-
derstanding of the historical impact of the Marshall Plan. She re-
ceived a full-tuition scholarship for a Semester-at-Sea voyage, as
well as a trip to Washington, D.C. On Sept. 29, Baronia and her
family visited the nation’s capital, met Secretary of State John Kerry
and toured Capitol Hill and the State Department with AFSA staff.
Runner-up Angelia Ysobel G. Miranda
from South Kent,
Washington, is a home-schooled student. She won a full schol-
arship for tuition to the summer National Student Leadership
Conference on International Diplomacy in Washington, D.C., and
New York City. Miranda wrote “The 1978 Camp David Accords:
From Divisive Wounds to Inclusive Words.”
(from left) Lawrence Cohen, Lori Dec,
Amb. Lange Schermerhorn, William Kutson, Jonathan Crawford.
Bess Zelle, Karen Brown, Maureen O’Neill, S.
Katherine Farnsworth, Chanda Berk.)
AFSA is its Membership
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back, and participation of members from all foreign affairs
agencies. There are many ways that members of our community
can get involved in the trade association and labor union that rep-
resents the interests of the Foreign Service.
• Run for AFSA’s Governing Board and vote in elections to make
your voice heard in decision-making on the issues that impact
the Foreign Service.
• Volunteer for a committee or a judging panel.
• Become a Post Representative and be a voice for your col-
leagues in the field.
• Share your experiences with others as part of AFSA’s Speakers
• Donate to one of AFSA’s five special funds: Fund for American
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Retired FCS FSO Karen Zens and retired State FSO Mort
Dworken served as AFSA Art Merit Award judges in 2014.
Pictured here attending a March 2014 art panel student selection
meeting, Zens and Dworkin were just two of the 24 AFSA
members who served as AFSA Merit Award judges in 2014.