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FS youths recognized at awards ceremony.

The annual Foreign Service Youth Awards Ceremony, held in June, honored Foreign Service children with awards for their art, essay writing, video production, community service and scholarly achievements. Children whose parents are serving or have served at an unaccompanied post were also recognized, as were awardees of the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) Scholarship Merit Award program. The ceremony was hosted by Acting Director General Hans Klemm, the Family Liaison Office (FLO) and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF).

Ambassador Klemm challenged awardees "to accept your awards today, not as the culmination of your efforts, but as a chance to renew your commitment to use your unique talents and life experience to build a better world."

Winners of the FSYF Art Contest's three age categories each received cash prizes from the State Department Federal Credit Union.

The essay contest challenged Foreign Service youths to describe, in 1,000 words or less, how being part of a Foreign Service family has affected their perspective on the world. Six winners, three in each age category, received cash prizes sponsored by McGrath Real Estate Services.

The KidVid Contest, sponsored by FSYF and the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) of the Foreign Service Institute, asked students ages 10-18 to produce a DVD about life at an overseas post from a young person's perspective. Winners received cash prizes. The videos become part of the OBC's collection.

FSYF's Community Service Contest recognizes Foreign Service youths who demonstrate outstanding volunteer efforts for their communities or peers. Two winners received cash prizes sponsored by Clements Worldwide.

FSYF also gave two high school seniors or gap-year students Academic Merit Awards, which were co-sponsored by FSYF and GEICO Federal Insurance.

Information on the FSYF and AAFSW awards programs is at and Since 2006, the Department has distributed medals and certificates of recognition to the children of parents serving overseas on unaccompanied assignments. To date, some 5,000 children have been recognized. Additional information about FLO's Unaccompanied Tours program is available on the Department's website.

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Publication:State Magazine
Date:Sep 1, 2014
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