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High school students are a significant part of our pub-

lic outreach – to create fans of the Foreign Service, it

is important to reach them early in order to make the

case for America’s global leadership and the founda-

tional role of the Foreign Service in maintaining that

leadership. We have partnered with the World Affairs

Councils, the National Model UN and 4-H to reach these

audiences. AFSA’s highly successful essay contest

continues to engage students, with a record num-

ber of submissions—over 700—this year and new or

ongoing partnerships with the U.S. Institute of Peace,

Semester at Sea and the National Student Leadership


Our university outreach also continues to gather steam.

Our existing partnerships with schools such as Ameri-

can University bring us into contact with intelligent and

enthusiastic young people. Our innovative diplomatic

benchmarking project with graduate students at the

University of Texas – Austin brings AFSA further into

this space (see page 28). This year, AFSA also made a

significant effort to reach out to and collaborate with

Diplomats in Residence. To that end, our first reception

for the DIRs in July was very successful and we expect

to make that an annual event.


This year’s High School

Essay Winner Thomas

Keller traveled to Wash-

ington, D.C., to meet with

Secretary of State John

Kerry. (Department of

State/James Pan)

2016 essay contest

winner Dylan Borne with

then-Secretary of State

John Kerry.