UMW Student, Winner in National Political Science Essay Contest

University of Mary Washington senior Callie Kyhl has been named one of the winners in the national essay competition sponsored by the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC).

Kyhl is the fourth Mary Washington political science or international affairs major in eight years to be a winner in the NAFAC contest.  She was named first runner-up for her essay “U.S.- China Competition in the South China Sea: A U.S. ‘Eclipsed’ or ‘Resurgent’.” The essay is part of a semester-long independent study with Jack Kramer, distinguished professor of political science and international affairs.

“This is a truly outstanding and very well deserved achievement on Callie’s part especially given NAFAC’s preeminence for  annually bringing together several hundred of the ‘very best and brightest’ students from throughout the United States and abroad to discuss and debate  contemporary pressing issues in American national security policy,” Kramer said. “It is also testimonial to the outstanding education Callie has received at UMW where faculty and students routinely work closely together on independent study projects such as this one.”

An international affairs major, Kyhl is a full-time paralegal and a former member of the Remington Town Council. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a national scholastic honor society, and the UMW Pre-Law Society. After graduation Kyhl plans to complete the Virginia Law Reader Program with the goal of becoming a licensed attorney.

Kyhl is the daughter of Jim and Melanie Constable of Midland, Va., and currently resides in Jeffersonton, Va.


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News release prepared by: Brynn Boyer

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.