Foreign service officer speaks to students at his alma mater

Photo courtesy Matt Leon, Niskayuna Central School District
Niskayuna graduate and U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer Seth Wyngowski talks with high school Spanish teacher Victor Alcantara after his presentation to students on Monday, Nov. 20.Photo courtesy Matt Leon, Niskayuna Central School District Niskayuna graduate and U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer Seth Wyngowski talks with high school Spanish teacher Victor Alcantara after his presentation to students on Monday, Nov. 20.

Press release

Niskayuna High School graduate Seth Wyngowski’s career with the U.S. Department of State has led to assignments around the globe and, on Monday, Nov. 20, it brought him back to Niskayuna on an important mission: to spend time with students.

He addressed approximately 200 students in the Niskayuna High School auditorium, sharing experiences from his career with the Department of State and highlighting the important role that language plays in his work.

A member of the Niskayuna High School Class of 2008, Wyngowski is currently a foreign service officer assigned to the U.S. embassy in Lima, Peru.

Previously, he worked at the Department of State in Washington and handled bilateral economic issues with Cuba during the process of normalizing relations between the two countries.

He highlighted the wide range of opportunities in international affairs, encouraged students to pursue what they love, and emphasized the importance of language skills and connecting with other cultures. He noted that his experiences studying Spanish and Latin in high school were critical as he advanced in his studies and career as a foreign service officer.

“What you are doing here at Niskayuna High School in your studies is highly relevant to this and any other career if you are interested in international affairs,” Wyngowski said.