|Volume II, Number 1 - January 12, 2010
is Already Looking Up for JSA Students and Alumni!
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Feb. 20-21, 2010
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Feb. 20-21, 2010
helps bring skill
Boot Camp for JSA Alumni
Happy New Year! One of our goals for 2010 is to provide networking and
professional development opportunities for our alumni. Later this
month, we're hosting a day-long Communications Boot Camp in Los Angeles
at Loyola Marymount University with one of the leading communications
coaches in the world, Richard Greene (www.richardgreene.org).
Richard is the author of Words
that Shook the World and
renowned coach to world leaders, celebrities, and corporate executives.
He will share his secrets to effective communication with our alumni
and current JSA student leaders on January 30th from 9am to 5pm. It's a
great chance to reconnect with JSA and to hone your communication
skills. You can register
here. We encourage you to bring
other JSA alumni and friends. Proceeds from the event will support JSA
(the Communications Boot Camp is a professional development opportunity
that you may be able to expense at your company). Stay tuned for more
alumni events across the country throughout the year.
taken place on the
Board of the Junior
Evans Elected President of Junior Statesmen Foundation Board
DAVID COLE: A changing of the
guard at the Junior Statesmen Foundation -- the non-profit group that
runs JSA Summer School and provides adult supervision to the JSA
year-round program -- transpired in the second week of December, as a
new slate of board of director officers was elected to two-year terms.
Alex Evans has been elected president of the foundation and his term
will run through December 2011. Additionally, Marty Barash was
re-elected as vice president, while Sue Thurman was elected treasurer
and Jerry Newfarmer was elected secretary. Ted Green, the foundation's
president for the last eight years, has moved into the immediate past
Most recently, Evans served as the foundation's treasurer; earlier he
had been the vice president. Evans is the president and co-founder of
EMC Research of Oakland, Calif. and is a resident of Orinda, Calif. He
served on the city council of Richmond, Calif., from 1995-2001. He was
speaker of the Junior State in 1978-1979 and attended JSA Summer School
Barash has served as vice president of the foundation since 2008. A
partner in Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP of Los Angeles,
Barash joined the Junior State when he was 13 years old and attended
summer schools in 1983 and 1984. While in college, he served as a
counselor at summer schools and at the Junior Statesmen Symposium.
For the last two years Thurman has been the foundation's secretary and
for the last year served as chair of the board's marketing committee.
She is a co-founder of The PBN Co., a Washington, D.C.-based public
affairs company with offices in London, Moscow and Kiev.
Newfarmer, the president of the Junior Statesmen Summer School class of
1957, is the chief executive officer of Management Partners Inc. of
Cincinnati. A trustee since 1971, most recently he chaired the board's
audit committee and earlier served as president of the board of
trustees for three years.
Green is a project director at Woodward & McDowell, the public
affairs firm based in Burlingame, Calif., and Los Angeles. Green was in
JSA as a high school student, served as a summer school counselor and
also worked on the foundation's staff in the 1980s.
Additionally, the board of directors elected Marc Franklin of Costa
Mesa, Calif., as the chair of the audit committee; he is a former
two-term president of the board of trustees. San Mateo County Superior
Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman was re-elected as chair of the board
new poll will be unveiled
each month and you will
have the opportunity to
weigh in with your opinion
Month's JSA Poll
OR NO: Should Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid resign from the U.S. Senate
for remarks made about Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential
Chair, Michael Steele and other prominent Republican leaders have
called upon Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), to resign for
remarks he made during the 2008 Presidential Election in which he
stated that the country was ready to embrace the candidacy of Barack
Obama because he was "light skinned" and had "no negro dialect unless
he wants one." Senator Reid expressed regret for his "poor
words" and issued an apology for his "improper comments." President
Obama accepted his apology and considers the matter closed.
however, say that Reid should follow the example of former Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott, who resigned in 2002 over controversial
he made at a birthday party for then Senator Strom Thurmond.
Lott stated that the US. would have avoided "all these problems" if
Thurmond had been elected President in 1948. Thurmond ran on
What do you say? Answer
Hoffmann to Receive $5000 Scholarship and Week-Long Trip to Washington,
JSA Governor Selected for Prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program
JEFF DUNN: Senators Charles E.
Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Dan Hoffmann, the
Northeast JSA Governor from New Rochelle H.S. in New York, will be one
of two students to represent the state of New York in the 48th Annual
United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 6 -
13, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
The program, which is funded by the Hearst Foundation, is an extremely
competitive merit-based program that brings 104 of the most outstanding
school students -- two from each state, the District of Columbia and
the Department of Defense Education Agency -- to Washington, D.C. for
an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people
who lead it.
Dan applied for the program after being nominated by his school
principal in September. As part of the application process,
Dan had to submit his school transcript, standardized test results, a
statement about his leadership qualities, and an essay on a significant
issue before the U.S. Congress.
October, Dan was invited, along with several other semi-finalists
from throughout the state, to Albany for a personal
interview. Dan was one of two semi-finalists to be
chosen by New York’s Commissioner of Education, Richard Mills
for the program.
Dan will receive a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship and an
all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. While in Washington the
student delegates will attend meetings and briefings with Senate
leadership, a Justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet
agencies, an Ambassador to the United States and top members of the
This students chosen to participate in this year's program
rank in the top one percent of their class. He will become a part of a
distinguished group of Senate Youth Program alumni that include
delegates Senator Susan Collins of Maine; Chief Judge Robert Henry of
the U.S. Court and former Presidential Advisor, Karl Rove.
Spencer Gottlieb credits
JSA with instilling "Commitment to a Cause"
Alum to Join Teach for America
former NJR Chief of Staff in the Mid Atlantic JSA, was recently chosen
to teach secondary mathematics with Teach for
America in Nashville
beginning this summer. Gottlieb based his decision to teach
students in low-income communities upon the same principles that
inspired him to join JSA.
"JSA and the Foundation's summer programs ingrained in me a very clear
definition of what it means to be persistent, resilient, and committed
to a cause," Gottlieb said. "Those are also the ideals that
Teach for America values most."
Gottlieb credits JSA with helping him acquire and develop the skills
that organizations like Teach for America value most in their teaching
candidates -- organizational and leadership skills, perseverance in the
face of challenges, and the ability to influence and motivate others.
"We have discovered over time that successful teachers exhibit a
significant degree of leadership," according to Teach for America's
website. "And leaders come in many forms with varied
experiences." Gottlieb was able to point to his eight years
of JSA experiences to
demonstrate the skills that Teach of America looks for in its
candidates. He was not only a four-year member of his JSA
chapter at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, NJ, but also worked
as a residential advisor at numerous Junior State summer programs
including the Stanford and Georgetown Summer Schools as well as a
number of Symposia including the 2008 Junior Statesmen Symposium at the
Democratic National Convention.
Teach for America recruits outstanding recent college graduates to
teach for two years in urban and rural public schools.
Gottlieb, who will receive his B.S. in Finance and International
Business from Georgetown University in May, learned of his acceptance
to its teaching corps in December.
alumni from Karen Prosser
Are you an alum?
in Your Updates
PROSSER: Happy New
Loved the Holidays and I am thankful for so many cards and holiday
Congratulations to Ed
who recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Jamaica with
their son, Mike, and daughters Dana and Ramona and a passel of
grandchildren. Ed is a proud graduate of the 1948 Junior
Summer School held at the Montezuma School sixty-two years
ago! He has
been a lifelong supporter of Junior Statesmen and has served on the
Board of Trustees for decades. Mike Meese is an alum of the
Summer School and two of his children, Allyson and Brian are both
Junior Statesmen Summer School alumni—Allyson attended
Brian is a Georgetown grad. Mike met his wife, Ramona, in
in their JSA chapter. Dana Meese is an alumna of the 1983
School and has two small children.
a JSA alumna, long time JSA Teacher-Advisor, and a Member of the Junior
Statesmen Foundation and the Montezuma Foundation Board welcomed her
first grandchild recently. Her son, Ryan Thurber-Dean (Junior
Statesmen Summer School alumnus) and his wife, Jessie, are the proud
parents of little Finnegan.
a 1974 Junior Statesmen Summer School alumnus now lives in Elk Grove,
CA. Eric is an amazing photographer as well as the proud dad
grader, Mark Anthony.
Received an invitation to Micah
32nd Birthday Party celebration in Long Beach, CA. Micah is
the Compton (CA) School Board. The party is a big political
co-sponsored by County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Assemblyman
Tony Mendoza. Micah is a graduate of the Junior Statesmen
School and was a big Southern California leader in the late
Happy Birthday, Micah.
1984 Junior Statesmen Summer School alumna, is back in California after
a lengthy sojourn in New York City where she worked as a recruiter for
a high-powered law firm. After a successful run as the lead
play, Rabbit Hole, Amy has decided to do some regional theatre acting.
Good luck, Amy.
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