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Director General Nancy J. Powell to Present 2011 Foreign Service Youth Awards


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 11, 2011

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Director General Powell will present the 2011 Foreign Service Youth Awards at a special ceremony on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room at the Department of State.

The Foreign Service Youth Award Ceremony honors Foreign Service Youth Foundation Award winners and children with parents serving in unaccompanied postings. Foreign Service Award winners come from U.S. Embassies around the world.

This year’s winners include:

Jared Gibson and Alexandra Ike – Joint First Place – Community Service Award (USG savings bonds)

Chungdhak Lhamo Sherpa- First Place – High School Essay Contest (cash prize)

Castilleja Kuzis – Second Place – High School Essay Contest (cash prize)

Andriy Etcheverry – First Place – Middle School Essay Contest (cash prize)

Anna Bailey and Olivia Mozdizierz – Joint Second Place – Middle School Essay Contest (cash prize)

Braden Bitner – First Place – Art Contest – Age 5-8 category (cash prize)

Gabriel Hastings – Second Place – Art Contest – Age 5-8 category (cash prize)

Emma Keller, Hannah Ha-Eun Kim – Joint Third Place – Art Contest – Age 5-8 category (cash prize)

Caitlin Chaisson – First Place – Art Contest – Age 9-12 category (cash prize)

Katharine Schlachter – Second place – Art Contest – Age 9-12 category (cash prize)

Sydney Selam – Third Place – Art Contest – Age 9-12 category (cash prize)

Jillian Luoma-Overstreet – First Place – Art Contest –Age 13-18 category (cash prize)

Olivia Doret – Second place – Art Contest – Age 13-18 category (cash prize)

Castilleja Kuzis – Third Place – Art Contest – Age 13-18 category (cash prize)

Alex Moreno – Environment Contest (cash prize)

Latham Wright – First Place – Kid Vid Contest (cash prize)

Peter Huson, and the team of Kalli Wilson and Cassie Vining – Joint Second Place – Kid Vid Contest (cash prize)

Drew Turner – Third Place – Kid Vid Contest (cash prize)

A brief synopsis of the activity that earned each winner her/his award can be found at: http://www.fsyf.org/contestawards/contestsawards.html

In 2006, the Department began sending medals and certificates of recognition to children whose parents were serving or had served at a high-risk unaccompanied post. These awards acknowledge the sacrifice that children and families make when an employee volunteers for an unaccompanied tour. Recipients of these medals and certificates will also be honored at this ceremony.

Media representatives may attend this award ceremony upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport). Those who do not have a State Department building pass should allow adequate time to clear through security at the 23rd Street entrance.

Pre-set time for cameras: 11:30 a.m.
Final access time for all press: 12:15 p.m.

PRESS CONTACT:

Department of State
Bureau of Human Resources, Office of Policy Coordination
Brenda Greenberg
GreenbergBL2@state.gov



PRN: 2011/1155



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