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My name is Allison Towey, and I am a Junior at the University of Notre Dame. I am originally from Prior Lake, Minnesota and attended Prior Lake High School, graduating in 2015. At Notre Dame, I am a Political Science major, with minors in Business Economics and Italian Studies. I am a part of the Mock Trial Team on campus and won an award for my performance as a Witness at the Regional tournament in the winter of 2017. I am also a part of the Model United Nations club on campus, where I have attended two conferences in Chicago. At school, aside from my academics and extracurriculars, I like to go to sporting events (especially football) and keep up to date with the news.

When I graduate from Notre Dame, I plan on attending law school. During the summer of 2016, I interned for Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota in her state office in Minneapolis. This summer, 2017, I am an intern for Madel PA, a law firm also located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both of these internships broadened my understanding of possible career paths, and they gave me valuable experience for life after graduation. Retiree LEOSA Qualification day at Firearms Training Associates. Saint Simon's Island
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King and Prince Resort Avery Elliott is a National Merit Finalist who graduated high school in Cabot, Arkansas with a 4.09 GPA and 43 hours of college credit. She is an active member of the AP Academy, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, and Junior Civitan. Avery was selected as a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Ambassador, Junior Civitan Sweetheart, and delegate to Arkansas Girls State. She placed 1st in the AMC Algebra II Competition and 4th place in the ACTM Algebra II Regional Competition. Avery also performed in the Cabot High productions of Peter Pan and Shrek.

For the past three years, Avery has served as President of Cabot Junior Civitan as well as Governor of the Junior Civitan Heartland District which encompasses Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. Through these and various other altruistic organizations, she has completed over 300 hours of community service. She has been actively involved with Special Olympics and Sidekicks Club and has raised over $2500 for the Civitan International Research Center. Avery has been recognized with several community service honors including the Prudential Spirit of Community Service Award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and the Civitan International Distinguished Service Award. This fall, she will attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she has been awarded an Honors College Fellowship. Avery plans to seek a degree in biology and attend medical school. Saint Simon's Island Avery Selby graduated from Forest Hills High School fifth in her class. She maintained higher than a 4.0 for the duration of her time at Forest Hills, and ended with a 4.8 GPA overall. While in high school, she was involved in many different clubs and organizations. Some of them include historian of National Honor Society, Junior and Senior class president, BETA club, National Technical Honor Society, HOSA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta. She had the honor of attending North Carolina’s governor’s school the summer before her Senior year with a concentration in math. She also received the titles Miss Junior and Miss Senior Forest Hills. She was a competitive dancer for 14 years, winning various awards at many different competitions. Avery is involved in her youth group at Philadelphia Baptist Church, and also is a volunteer in the church’s nursery and children’s church. She enjoys serving at the Union County Homeless Shelter feeding the homeless. Avery is entering her freshman year at East Carolina University. She is an intended nursing major, and is entering her freshman year with nineteen credit hours. She hopes to also achieve a masters in nursing to become a neonatal nurse practitioner. Currently she is working as a lifeguard, and plans to work as a lifeguard at school as well. Kayley Hernandez will be a sophomore at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri this upcoming fall.  She has always had a passion for medicine so her focus in college is to major in Biology and minor in Chemistry and Behavioral Neuroscience with the hopes of one day entering Physician’s Assistant school. Staying involved on a school and community level is important to Kayley.  She is a member of the Drury Honors College, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, the Pre-Health Fraternity for Women, and the Pre-Health Professionals Club. In addition to those organizations, Kayley also donates her time at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center, was selected to be a resident assistant (RA) and works as a server for the Great American Taco Company. Baking, playing tennis and spending time with her friends and family are some of Kayley’s hobbies and interests.  Her family is her greatest support system, providing fun and rejuvenation to keep up her busy schedule. Convention 2017 Naomi Kolb-Untinen is attending Portland State University and will be a senior as of this fall. Having earned an Associate's degree while still in high school, Naomi is now majoring in social sciences with an emphasis in gender studies and anthropology, and is minoring in planetary and space science. During Naomi's first year at Portland State University, Naomi was an active member of the Urban Honors College, made the Dean's List every term, and joined the Student Sustainability Center as an EcoRep. On the EcoReps task force Naomi helped promote sustainable living to fellow students through various events and community gardening. Next year Naomi will continue with the Student Sustainability Center as a leadership fellow, will start a new job on campus at the Queer Resource Center, and will be working on their honors senior thesis. In rare moments of free time Naomi loves to interact with animals, drink coffee, watch movies, and is always up for a rousing game of scrabble. 
 

 

2017 AFSA Convention

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

St. Simons Island, Georgia

October 29-November 2, 2017

 

Mark your calendars now for October 29 – November 2, 2017 and write in the words “Have Fun in St. Simons Island”.  That’s because AFSA President Dan Pieschel, along with the AFSA Officers and Board of Directors are proud to formally announce that the 2017 Annual Business Meeting and Convention will be held this year at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in beautiful St. Simons Island, Georgia.  Yep, that time of year is rolling around again and will be here before you know it.  Planning is well underway and the registration form and very detailed information will be published in the summer edition of this newsletter that is scheduled to be issued in June.  In the meantime, we can fill you in on the tentative schedule of events and tell you that we fully expect that once again we will be within our traditional budget.  That is very good news considering that the King and Prince is a premium top-shelf location and the only beach resort in the entire State of Georgia that sits directly on the ocean.  Add tours to Savannah and the Okefenokee Swamp, the Annual Bob Manzi Memorial Golf Tournament (and other golf on your own at a number of first class courses), and a veritable plethora of other locations and activities that can be enjoyed both on the island and in the ocean, and you have the makings for an absolutely great time. 

 

But the highlight of this year’s convention is going to be a tour of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.  If you haven’t seen it lately, then forget all the stories you heard from other agents and wipe out all the past memories you have of what it was like.  It is all totally different now.  That’s because FLETC has undergone massive changes since being taken over by the Department of Homeland Security in 2003.  FLETC now provides training for 95 Federal Agencies, as well as State, Local, and Tribal Departments throughout the United States.  The facility is state-of-the-art and it is the largest provider of law enforcement training in the nation.  Since 1970, over a million agents and officers have been trained and FLETC has projected another 77,000 agents and officers to be trained in FY 2017.   The numbers for FY 2018 will surely be similar based on the recent announcement by President Trump that an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 5,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are to be hired.  Until the FY 2018 training schedule has been set, we will not be able to announce the exact activities for our tour, but we do anticipate having it finalized within the next 60 days.  Watch for details in the next newsletter.  Here are some of the possibilities that might be included on our tour: 

  1. Stop by the Intermodal Terminal Building that was conceived in 2004 when focus was shifted to the vulnerability of America’s transportation modes following the tragedy of 9-11.  Included are a train station and a subway, a bus station, and an airplane.
  2. Stroll down a street in Danis City, a reality-based residential and commercial training environment that includes many shops that you would see in a typical city.  There is also a fully furnished Federal Building that includes a courtroom. Nearby is a residential street with single-family homes and a rural setting that includes a “meth house”.
  3. Visit the Virtual Firing Range and test your skills with the latest laser firearms.

 

You will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime tour and experience samples of some of the same training given to Federal law enforcement. 

 

 

 

 

The tentative schedule for now is as follows:

 

Sunday - October 29th             Arrival and Registration

                                                Trolley Tour of St. Simons Island

                                                The President’s Welcoming Barbecue Cook-out and Meet-and-Greet

 

Monday - October 30th           The Bob Manzi Memorial Golf Tournament

                                                Trolley Tour of Jekyll Island

                                                Board Meeting for AFSA Officers and Board of Directors

                                                Group Dinner (optional) or Dinner-On-Your-Own

 

Tuesday - October 31st           Tour #1 - Okefenokee Bus Tour, or

                                                Tour #2 - Savannah Bus Tour

                                                Dinner On-Your-Own

 

Wednesday - November 1st      Bus Transportation to FLETC  

                                                Opening Ceremony and Invocation

                                                Welcoming by the National Criminal Investigation Training Academy

                                                Overview by FLETC Public Affairs Specialist

                                                General Membership Meeting

                                                Presentation by/for CI Headquarters

                                                Continued Professional Education Classes

                                                Cocktail/Hors D’oeuvre Reception

 

Thursday - November 2nd      Tour of FLETC

                                                On-Your-Own Activities

                                                Annual Banquet Dinner

 

Friday - November 3rd           Departure

 

 

During the entire week, we will (of course) have our hospitality room which is always a great place to meet up with old friends or make new ones and we will have a number of suggestions for other activities from which you can choose.  The Village of St. Simons is also very close and has lots of shops and dining.  We hope to see you there!!!

 

                                                    Dan Pieschel, President

                                                    The Officers of the AFSA

                                                    The Board of Directors of the AFSA