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Hillary Clinton Presents First Prize to Natasha Madorsky

July 27, 2012
Cleveland Heights, OH

Photo credit: Donna Ayerst, AFSA News Editor

Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton presented the First Prize certificate to Natasha Madorsky, winner of the American Foreign Service Association’s 2012 National High School Essay Contest, on July 26 in the Secretary’s office at the Department of State. Natasha spent the morning having coffee with Senator Sherrod Brown.

Natasha, an incoming senior at Cleveland Heights High School, is the fourteenth winner of AFSA’s prestigious annual National High School Essay Contest, created in 1999 for the purpose of stimulating interest among high school students nationwide in the Foreign Service and conduct of U.S. foreign relations.

Natasha’s winning essay was on the crisis in South Sudan. It was considered by the contest’s judges as the finest and most insightful essay submitted in recent years. She receives the first place prize of $2,500 and an all-expense paid educational voyage with Semester at Sea.

A professional certificate of recognition was awarded to Natasha’s teacher, Margaret “Peggy” Hull, by Ian Houston, Executive Director of the American Foreign Service Association.

"I can tell you that Natasha was the epitome of intelligence, class, sophistication and youth.  We were all so proud of her, and I can't help but feel that some day a student will be traveling to D.C. to accept an award from Natasha," Peggy Hull said.

Clikc here to see a video interview with Natasha.