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Academic Merit Winners
FSA is proud to announce the 26ForeignService high school seniors
who were selected as the winners of the 2012 AFSA Merit Awards
Competition. These one-time-only awards, totaling $40,500, were
conferred onWashington, D.C.-area winners onMay 4. AFSA congrat-
ulates these students for their academic and artistic achievements.
Winners receive$2,000awards, andHonorableMentionwinners receive
$1,000 and $750 awards. The best-essay winner and the community ser-
vicewinner each receive $500. Judges aremembers of AFSA’s Scholarship
Committee, chaired by Ambassador Lange Schermerhorn and made up
of individuals from the Foreign Service community.
This year, 70 students competed for the 15 Academic Merit Awards.
Theywere judgedongradepoint average, standardized test scores, anessay,
two letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities and any special
circumstances. FromtheAcademicMeritAwardapplicants,NoraKirkham
was selectedbest-essaywinner, andChristinaMcGuirewas selectedas com-
munity service winner.
Nine students submitted art merit applications under one of the fol-
lowing categories: visual arts, musical arts, drama or creative writing. Art
applicants were judged on their art submission, two letters of recom-
mendationandanessay. VictoriaLaneywas selectedas theArtMeritAward
winner for her visual art submissions. ElizabethDunhamandMoira Sims
were selectedas theArtMeritHonorableMentionAwardwinners for their
visual art submissions.
Eight academic merit named scholarships have been established to
date. These awardswere bestowedon the highest-scoring students: Bridget
Jamison received the Association of the American Foreign Service
Worldwide Scholarship; Lucinda Chu-Ketterer received the John and
Priscilla Becker Family Scholarship; Rose Hinman and Bradley Raynor
received the Turner C. CameronMemorial Scholarships; Charlotte Ellison
received the JohnC. LearyMemorial Scholarship; ShannonBall andBasil
Smitham received the Joanna and Robert Martin Scholarships; and
Marshall Richards received theDonald S.Memorial andMariaGiuseppa
Spigler Award.
Formore informationontheAFSAMeritAwards, theAFSAScholarship
Program, or howto establishor apply for a scholarship, please contact Lori
Dec at (202) 944-5504 or, or
2012 AFSA Merit Award Winners
Madeline Carwile
– daugh-
ter of John Carwile (State)
and Karin Hauschild; graduat-
ed from the American
Overseas School of Rome,
Italy; attending Rhodes
College, majoring in biology.
Lucinda Chu-Ketterer
daughter of Keith Ketterer
(State) and Jeanette Chu
(FCS); graduated from George
Mason High School, Falls
Church, Va.; attending Pitzer
College, majoring in chemistry;
designated the John and
Priscilla Becker Family Scholar.
Charlotte Ellison
– daughter
of D. Kevin Ellison (State) and
Marie-Christine Ellison; graduat-
ed from Lake Braddock
Secondary School, Burke, Va.;
attending the University of
Virginia, majoring in mathemat-
ics and art; designated the
John C. Leary Memorial
Amelia Smith
– daughter of
Matthew Smith (State) and
Susan Smith; graduated from
the American Community
School, Amman, Jordan;
attending the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology,
majoring in physics.
Basil Smitham
– son of
Thomas Smitham (State) and
Alexandra Maduros; graduat-
ed fromWalt Whitman High
School, Bethesda, Md.;
attending Yale University,
majoring in physics; designat-
ed the Joanna and Robert
Martin Scholar.
Bridget Jamison
– daughter
of Jeffrey Jamison (State) and
Shannon Jamison; graduated
from James Madison High
School, Vienna, Va.; attending
Barnard College, majoring in
dance and history; designated
the Associates of the
American Foreign Service
Worldwide Scholar.
Marshall Richards
– son of
Robert Richards (State) and
Cynthia Richards (State);
graduated from George
Mason High School, Falls
Church, Va.; attending The
College of William and Mary,
majoring in Chinese studies;
designated the Donald S.
Memorial and Maria
Giuseppa Spigler Scholar.
Shannon Ball
– daughter of
Douglas Ball (USAID) and
Janet Ball; graduated from
the American Community
School, Amman, Jordan;
attending Tufts University,
majoring in international
relations; designated the
Joanna and Robert Martin
Elizabeth Goldrup
– daugh-
ter of Stephen Goldrup
(State) and Nicole Price; grad-
uated from the International
School of Beijing, China;
attending Brigham Young
University, majoring in studio
Bradley Raynor
– son of
Michael Raynor (State) and
Kathleen Raynor; graduated
from Our Lady of Good
Counsel High School, Olney,
Md.; attending Kenyon
College, majoring in interna-
tional studies; designated the
Turner C. Cameron Memorial
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