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FS youths recognized at Awards Ceremony.

In July, the Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) hosted its annual Youth Awards Ceremony for FSYF contest winners and children whose parents are serving at unaccompanied posts.

Ambassador Ruth Davis praised the winners for being "among our finest citizen diplomats and treasured members of our Foreign Service family."

Winners of "The World Is My Hometown" art contest included: Sabra Goveia, Melody Reynolds and Sophie Nave in the 5-8 age category; Ethan Banerjee, Caitlin Chaisson and Emily Allen in the 9-12 age category; and Helen Reynolds, Avery Coble and Emily Williams in the 13-18 age category. They received cash prizes from State Department Federal Credit Union.

The essay contest asked for 1,000 words or less on how a Foreign Service child's sense of home is affected by his or her itinerant life and prolonged immersion in different languages, cultures and environments. The winners included: Krishna Srini, Dhara Srini and Thomas Green in the middle school category and Ashley Miller, Andrea Salazar and Natalie Hernandez in the high school category. They received cash prizes from McGrath Real Estate Services.

In the KidVid Contest, sponsored by FSYF and FSI's Overseas Briefing Center, students ages 10-18 produced a DVD about life at an overseas post from a young person's perspective. The winners, who received cash prizes from Peake Management, included: Elka Sterling, Erik Van, Steven Van, Nick Slusher and Aman Mehmood from Baku, Azerbaijan; Hunter Walton, Sofia Monterroso, Leon Barnes and Jamal Anaele from Maputo, Mozambique; Walker Jarrell, William Jarrell, Madeline Jarrell and Wyatt Jarrell from Shenyang, China; Connor Pearson, Gwyneth Pearson and Owen Pearson from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Colston Moder from Frankfurt, Germany.

The community service contest, which recognizes outstanding community volunteer efforts, was won by Jonathan Schwan and Emily Larsen, who received prize money from Clements Worldwide Insurance. The FSYF Academic Merit Award for two college-bound high school seniors or gap-year students who are FSYF members went to Brett Fouss and Meredith Hilton, who received prize money from FSYF and GEICO. More information is at

Since 2006, the Department, through the Family Liaison Office (FLO), has distributed medals and certificates of recognition to the children of parents serving overseas in high-threat unaccompanied assignments. To date, more than 4,200 children have been recognized. More information about FLO's Unaccompanied Tours program is at

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Date:Sep 1, 2013
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