The Hinton Area Foundation is pleased to announce, Emma Chanlett-Avery will be the featured speaker during for the upcoming Scholarship Banquet. The annual Scholarship Banquet will be Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Pipestem Resort State Park’s Conference Center. The annual banquet honors graduates and returning college students who have been awarded scholarships from over 30 scholarship funds within the Hinton Area Foundation. Emma Chanlett-Avery is a Specialist in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Service. She focuses on U.S. relations with Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Thailand, and Singapore. Ms. Chanlett-Avery joined CRS in 2003 through the Presidential Management Fellowship, with rotations in the State Department on the Korea Desk and at the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group in Bangkok, Thailand. She also worked in the Office of Policy Planning as a Harold Rosenthal Fellow. She is a member of the Mansfield Foundation U.S. – Japan Network for the Future, a board member for the Japan America Society of Washington, and the 2016 recipient of the Kato Prize, a distinction awarded annually to a U.S. government employee who makes exceptional contributions to the U.S.-Japan alliance. Ms.Chanlett-Avery received a Master of Arts degree in international security policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian studies from Amherst College. She graduated from Hinton High School in 1992 after attending Bellepoint Elementary and Madams Creek School for kindergarten. You may purchase tickets from any Hinton Area Foundation Board member or by stopping by the Parmer Center at 104 James St., Monday and Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $60 each or you may purchase a table of ten seats for $600. If you’d like more information about the banquet or purchasing tickets you may contact the HAF office at 304-309-5502 or Stacy Ford, by either email, or phone, 304-575-7026. Tickets must be purchased in advance and before May 13th.