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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Congratulations from Clements!

Congratulations to Juliana (Lily) Hightower of the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, the 2009 recipient of the M. Juanita Guess Award. The M. Juanita Guess Award is conferred on a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, initiative or imagination in assisting the families of Americans serving at an overseas post.

Hightower is credited with significant improvement in post morale due to her responsiveness, dedication and commitment. She helped foster greater social consciousness among Embassy members about the challenges in Ethiopia by arranging tours to many of the country’s cultural and historic sites, in addition to organizing volunteer and study programs. Hightower also worked closely with the medical unit on important health issues and provided medical assistance to embassy members.

“She is the most important focal point in the mission, indispensable… touching so many lives and helping so many people handle so many difficulties and cope with the extreme rigors of living in Ethiopia,” said the U.S. Ambassador who nominated her for the award.

This award was established in memory of M. Juanita Guess, former President of Clements International, and is one of several presented annually by the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA). The runners-up were Michelle Destito, U.S. Embassy Ankara, and Mary Knight, U.S. Embassy Beirut.

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