|Volume II, Number 4 - April 13,
State of America: Past, Present, and Future
Anniversary Brunch in Los Angeles
18, 2010 -- Tickets are available for $50 and are completely
tax-deductible. Proceeds will go to the JSA Summer School Scholarship
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Clara, CA
VIOTTI: Nearly 500,000 people
participated in JSA programs over the last 75 years and everywhere I
go, I meet people who were in JSA when they were in high school.
can find a JSA alum in every career field in every state and in
most countries around the world. JSA is a powerful network that we hope
you’ll tap into. We currently have more than 7,000 fans on
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JuniorState.
like to get to 10,000 fans this summer. I just posted my
Georgetown Summer School class photo from 1986 (I’m the kid
Miami Vice look in the back row). We’ll be posting all the
School photos all the way back to 1940s over the new few weeks.
counting on you to tag the photos, share stories, network with friends,
and help us reach our goal.
this month’s JSA Now!,
Intern Matthew Wong profiles JSA alumn Alex Krasov and
with a look at the prestigious choice for college made by a current JSA
governor. Program Director Jeff Dunn gives us insight into two of JSA
Summer School faculty members, and Karen Prosser has another roundup
of the latest on former JSA greats.
worthy of Facebook friend status.
attract the top students
and top college professors each summer
JSA Summer School at Princeton: 2010 Faculty Profiles
BY JEFF DUNN:
She is a professor of
international relations in
France. He is a professor of political science at North Central College
in Illinois. What do they have in common? They both are veteran
professors at the Junior Statesmen Summer School at Princeton and
both are highly sought after by major media outlets on both sides of
Anand — International Relations
A professor of foreign policy and international relations at the
American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in
Lyon, France, Prof. Anand is widely respected on both sides of the
Atlantic not only for her scholarly works (read her books
in International Relations” and “International
but also for her ability to explain complex policy issues to viewers
who watch the TV network France 24.
for students who wish to study abroad in college? Prof. Anand can
help with that, too, as she is also the internship director at the
Prof. Anand’s web site
and view her televised discussions on topics such as the impact of the
meat industry on global warming and international aid in response to
Maynard Caliendo — Speech and
Author of “Teachers Matter: The Trouble with Leaving
Education to the Coaches,” and the soon to be published book
“Apolitical Communication: Language, Legitimacy and the U.S.
Court,” Prof. Caliendo may be better known to television
Chicago area for his appearances on Chicago’s CBS2 WBBM-TV as
Caliendo, who is also the co-director of The Project on
Race in Political
based at North Central, in Naperville, Ill., has addressed such
questions as the historic presidential candidacy of then-Sen. Barack
Obama (D-Ill.), the use of technology in political campaigns, and
impact of Elizabeth Edwards’ health issues on John
Prof. Caliendo’s commentary
on presidential humor on the
2008 campaign trail.
would never have gotten involved in politics in the way I did if it
weren’t for JSA.”
Profile: Alex Krasov
WONG: Former Northern California
Coordinator Alex Krasov is a fine example of how the JSA experience
inspires young adults to be active citizens in a democratic society.
Krasov, who joined Northern California’s Castro Valley High School JSA
chapter in her sophomore year, described her JSA experience as
was an amazing experience,” she said. “I would
never have gotten
involved in politics in the way I did if it weren’t for
now works as the deputy communications director for the U.S.
House Democratic Caucus; her office sets the message and develops the
communications strategy for all Democratic members in the House of
Representatives. In addition to making sure the House Democrats convey
their policies in the best possible way, Krasov writes talking points
and drafts press releases.
stateswoman of the year in 2004, Krasov started working for the
caucus last year. “I like the fact that
challenging work,” she said. Krasov has helped shape
House discussion of healthcare reform,
along with other issues members have tackled. She was there when the
House first passed healthcare reform in November, and again, when a
final vote was taken in March.
many JSA alums, Krasov credits JSA for playing a strong role in
both her personal and professional life. “I always
people that I feel very fortunate that I discovered something I loved
to do when I was 15 years old,” she said. JSA has
access to a lot of different ideas and has solidified
her political beliefs, Krasov said. Her favorite memory of JSA was
working with other students in planning for state
all accounts, some of the hardest work I’ve done has been
JSA,” Krasov said. “And, I think those experiences
develop the kind of work ethic I now use in a professional
capacity.” JSA gives students “a very
to the practical and professional side of politics,” she
firm believer in the JSA motto, “Democracy is not a spectator
Krasov is grateful to JSA for giving her the opportunities to meet
incredible people and to use those people as resources.
credits JSA for teaching him the public speaking skills he
during his “grueling” interviews with retired military officers.
JSA Territory Governor to Attend West Point
Southeast JSA Territory Governor TS Allen has accepted an appointment
to attend United States Military Academy at West Point. He plans to
major in history and minor in terrorism studies.
"Military history has been my life-long fascination,” the Florida
native and member of the Naples H.S. JSA chapter said. Elected governor
at the 2009 Spring State, Allen has brought his interest into
JSA. “In order to educate JSA students about military issues,
my cabinet and I organized a convention in Tampa specifically focused
on the war in Afghanistan, with speakers from the Pakistani and German
militaries, and CENTCOM, the U.S. command responsible for the Middle
East,” he said.
The self-described military enthusiast has a private collection of
military artifacts at home. Allen also serves as a commander of the
Junior ROTC at Naples High, where he is a cadet colonel. Allen chose
West Point over the U.S. Naval Academy after spending one summer at
West Point’s Summer Leaders Seminar. “It was great
waking up at 5 a.m. and living in the barracks,” he said. “The other
candidates and the cadets were great to be around, and the professors
we spoke to amazed me.”
in Naples, with many West Point graduates and retired military
officers, also contributed to his decision to apply. Allen received his
congressional recommendation to attend West Point from U.S. Rep. Connie
Allen’s tuition, room, board, medical and dental care will
all be covered by the Army. In return, he will be required to serve as
an active-duty military officer for at least five years upon graduation.
Like many JSA students and alums, Allen gives credit to JSA for
teaching him the public speaking skills he used during his “grueling"
interviews with retired military officers. Allen also thinks his
leadership experience with JSA was the tipping point for his
acceptance. Being a JSA governor “is a big leadership responsibility,"
Allen said. The admissions officers at West Point look heavily for
leadership, according to Allen.
When asked what his future career path looked like, Allen stated he
intends to stay with the Army. “I plan on making my career in the
Army,” he said. Allen will report for duty on June 28.
alumni from Karen Prosser
Are you an alum?
in Your Updates
PROSSER: An alum from the great
State of Texas, Mindy Montford
(Georgetown Summer School, 1987), is in a runoff election today to
the 299th District Court Judge in Travis County (suburban Austin).
Montford has practiced law in Travis County for 14 years and served in
the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit during the prosecution of
Tom DeLay. She was chosen “Best Qualified” by the Austin Bar
Association and endorsed by the Austin
Best of luck in today’s election, Mindy.
Le’I, an outstanding JSA Summer
School graduate from American Samoa, was married last October to Rogelio
Garcia. Candace graduated from
George Washington Law School in 2003 and was accepted into the honors
program at the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Solicitor.
Candace joined the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Hearings and
Appeals in 2005, as a department lawyer and is working in the area of
security clearance litigation.
was a great article in the March 12-18 LA
Weekly on the Los
Angeles School Board and educational reform.
Highlighted in the article was JSA Alum Yolie
Flores (Davis Summer School,
1979), a member of the LAUSD School Board and a big supporter of
Superintendent Ramon Cortines
(former JSA teacher/advisor, former member of the board of trustees).
Yolie is quoted extensively in the article and the coverage is very
to Milam Miller,
2008-2009 JSA Texas Governor, who was elected to serve as a
university-wide representative at the University of Texas,
almost four years in Hong Kong as deputy managing editor for Asia of
the International Herald
Tribune of Paris, Leonard
M. Apcar (Santa Cruz Summer
School, 1969) has been named the Washington economics editor of the New
York Times. Apcar, who was
California JSA governor (there was only one in those days) in
1970-1971, has worked for the Times
since 1991, when he joined the paper as a business and financial editor
(he later served as assistant foreign editor and editor-in-chief of
NYTimes.com). Earlier, Len was with the St.
Petersburg Times and the Wall
Street Journal. He graduated
from Claremont McKenna College with a bachelor’s and Columbia
University with a master’s.
all for April — let me know what you are up to so I
can include your news in the next Corner — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Month’s JSA Poll
Will the Tea Party
movement be a major
force in the 2010 mid-term elections?
Tea Party movement is a protest movement that promotes fiscal
conservatism. Protestors utilize social networks as well as blogs and
conservative media outlets in promoting Tea Party events. Do you think
they will or will not have an effect on the mid-term elections?
What do you say? Answer
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