|Volume II, Number 5 - May 11,
75 Years of Civic Education
on Leadership and Politics
on Politics and Presidential Leadership
- '10 JSA Chapters of the Year
M. Barbe H.S., Lake
Charles, LA; Clarkstown
H.S. South, West Nyack, NY;
School of the Arts, Palm
Beach, FL; Holy
Names Academy, Seattle,
College Prep - Donna, Donna,
North H.S., Naperville,
H.S., Walnut Creek, CA; The
Buckley School, Sherman Oaks,
Belmont, OH; Verrado
H.S., Buckeye, AZ; Watching
Hills Regional H.S., Warren,
VIOTTI: This spring saw
the emergence of a new "Youth Agenda"
for California led by JSA. (The story
can be read here.)
It was a promising look at how
leaders from very diverse backgrounds can work together to solve common
problems. Expect more events like this across the country as
JSA students work to get their voices heard in the political
In this month’s JSA Now!, Matthew Wong introduces JSA alum
Carlson and tells a story about the chapter of the year that was
awarded to two Texas JSA schools at the most recent Spring
conventions. Jeff Dunn tells you how to help summer school
students and Karen Prosser writes about alumni she met at the 75th
Anniversary party in Los Angeles.
Congratulations to our newly elected JSA Governors! (The story can be read here.)
We wish all of our JSA
graduating seniors the very best as they head off to college and
welcome them to our alumni network.
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Summer School Tuition this year is $4,500. Scholarships are the only
way some families can afford to send their children to the program.
You Can Help Someone's Summer Dreams Come True
BY JEFF DUNN: In
a little more than four
weeks, this year's sessions of the JSA Summer School will be underway.
If you went to Summer School (or know someone who did), you know first
hand how the lives of hundreds of America's future leaders are about to
JSA Summer School tuition this year is $4,500. Scholarships are the
only way some families can afford to send their children to the
program. Each year, we receive more than 1,000 scholarship applications
from students who want to attend, but cannot afford the full tuition.
Thanks to generous donations from alumni and friends, we gave over
$600,000 in merit and need-based scholarship to students last year. We
hope to give more scholarships this year and we need your help. Please
consider making a donation to our scholarship fund today (www.jsa.org/give).
can help these and other students realize their dreams by making a
tax-deductible contribution today to the JSA Summer Scholarship fund.
Any amount you contribute is greatly appreciated and will help us reach
our goal of providing $700,000 in scholarships this year.
As you consider making a contribution please keep the following in mind:
· $4,500 provides a full scholarship for a student to attend
· $2,250 covers the cost of meals and lodging for a student
attend a JSA Summer School.
· $1,000 covers the cost of transporting students at the
Georgetown Summer School to the White House or Capitol Hill for our
distinguished Capitol Hill Speakers program.
· $500 covers the cost of housing for one JSA Alumnus
Advisor (who is responsible for mentoring 20 students in the dormitory).
· $250 covers the cost of books and other education material
· A $100 or $50 contribution gets us that much closer to our
goal of $700,000 in scholarships.
Please make your contribution today at www.jsa.org/give
or mail your contribution to: Jeff
Dunn, JSA Summer School Scholarship Fund, 1600 K Street, NW, Suite 803,
Washington, DC 20006. You can
also call the JSA office at 1-800-317-9338
free) to make
a contribution over the phone.
one, but two new high school chapters recently won the Texas Junior
State of America Chapter of the Year Award.
JSA Schools Tie for Texas Chapter of the Year Award
WONG: Not one, but two new high
school chapters recently won
the Texas Junior State of America Chapter of the Year Award.
at Alfred M. Barbe High School of Lake Charles, La., and IDEA College
Prep of Donna, Texas, were in elation and shock when Texas Program
Director Elizabeth Ventura first announced the results at the 2010
Spring State convention. Prior to the unveiling, Ventura had dropped
hints about the possibility of two winners.
"When Elizabeth announced that we won, I instantly threw my arms in the
air out of pure excitement," Andrew David, chapter president
Alfred M. Barbe, said.
"Winning such a prestigious award was definitely the highlight of my
unfortunately, brief JSA career," he added.
Like David, Gabriel Ozuna, the chapter president for IDEA College
Prep-Donna, agreed. Ozuna, too, was elated about the outcome.
"Miranda [chapter vice-president] and I were on pins and needles,"
Ozuna said, "and we could feel the entire weight of our members on our
After Ventura announced the results, both Ozuna and his vice-president,
excited yet also in disbelief, "immediately leaped out of [their]
"I remember giving her a hug in relief that our hard work had finally
paid off," he recalled.
The unusual crowning of two winners in a competitive contest came after
two votes, in which both Barbe and IDEA tied twice. After a tie in the
first round, the Texas program director tallied up the votes from the
tie-breaker round. Again, Barbe and IDEA tied.
In the end, Ventura decided to name two winners instead of one. Her
reason: both schools were "pretty impressive" for first-year
"They both had what a Chapter of the Year should look like," Ventura
said. "They really engaged their student bodies."
During the school year, the IDEA College Prep-Donna JSA chapter
conducted a school-wide survey on the political views of the student
population. The students plan to share the survey results with the
entire school later on this year.
The Alfred M. Barbe JSA chapter similarly displayed the characteristics
of an outstanding chapter.
Barbe students came out in numbers to attend the Winter Congress and
Spring State conventions in Texas, despite having to travel hundreds of
miles from their homes. The high school is the only JSA chapter in
To have been considered for the award, the JSA chapters had to
demonstrate the characteristics of an "Outstanding JSA Chapter." The
evaluation was based on six criteria: chapter activities, leadership,
maintaining chapter interest, community involvement, conventions and
conferences, and presentation.
Now, having won Chapter of the Year, both schools will compete with
nine other schools for the National Civic Impact Award. The winner will
receive a plaque, a $500 teacher-advisor stipend, and a $2000 grant to
continue their civic engagement.
for their chances, Ventura is confident one of her schools will win.
"They have a really strong chance at winning the National Civic Impact
Award," she said.
A full list of the 2009-2010 E.A. Rogers Outstanding JSA Chapter of the
Year Award winners can be found here.
a former California JSA governor, now teaches law at Yeshiva
University's Cardozo School of Law in New York.
Profile: David Carlson
MATTHEW WONG: David
Carlson, a law professor at New
York City's Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, is a striking
example of how the JSA experience shapes one's career choice, whether
it be toward politics or another profession.
"JSA definitely steered me to law school," the former California JSA
governor said. Carlson earned his bachelor's at U.C. Santa Barbara and
his law degree at U.C. Hastings College of Law.
"It taught me how to be diplomatic in the midst of political debates,
how to be on the opposing side, but nevertheless be friendly and
collegial even to the people you disagreed with," Carlson said.
He joined the JSA chapter at South Hills High School his sophomore
year. The West Covina public school was once a part of the California
Junior State, which was split north and south in 1984.
Also a former Angeles Region mayor and vice-mayor, Carlson's favorite
memory of JSA was a campaign to amend the electoral rules governing
statewide races. Carlson, as 1969-1970 California Junior State
governor, led his supporters to lobby for more transparency in JSA
"When I came into the governor's [office], elections came by private
ballot," he explained.
Carlson, Santa Cruz Summer School 1969, co-wrote legislation changing
the electoral process from casting private ballots to roll call voting.
He and his allies then stumped for votes, lobbying senators to support
"[We] did a lot of buttonholing, [and] by a very close vote, we got it
through," he proudly recalled.
Since 1981, Carlson has taught real estate and bankruptcy law at
Cardozo School of Law in New York.
"I like everything about it," he said. "I like the teaching. I like the
writing." A lifelong learner, Carlson revealed he was becoming a
mathematician. His job, after all, is "intellectually challenging."
Today, Carlson is married to fellow law professor Jeanne Schroeder and
they live in New York City.
alumni from Karen Prosser
Are you an alum?
in Your Updates
PROSSER: JSA alums got together
in Los Angeles recently to
celebrate the extraordinary career of Foundation Executive Director Jeff Harris.
Attended by a bevy of
admirers, including members of his family, Jeff was honored for decades
of active and effective leadership of JSA and the foundation.
Celebrants gathered for a
lovely brunch on April 18. The program featured remarks from two of
Jeff's closest friends since JSA high school days— Janice Molnar Rutherford
Farhat (Davis Summer School 1982 and D.C. Summer School 1983) recalled
his memories of JSA in the "Harris" era and brought many to tears as he
shared heartfelt admiration and respect for his dearest friend.
Rutherford (D.C. Summer School 1984) followed Jeff's best friend Vince
to the podium. As a Fontana, Calif. city council member who has
recently thrown her hat in the ring for a seat on the San
County Board of Supervisors,
Janice credits her political success
to lessons learned from Jeff Harris.
JSA alumni and friends of the 1980s among attendees included Doug VanDoren (Georgetown
(Davis Summer School
1983 and D.C. Summer School 83), Mike
Spence (Davis 1982 and D.C.
Little (Davis 1983 and D.C.
Symposium 1985), Kelly Rudiger
(D.C. 1984), Rachel Kaganoff
(Davis 1980 and D.C. 1981), Dan
Germain (Davis 1980 and D.C.
1981) and Bonnie
Germain (Davis 1980).
Alumni in the White House: Josh Lipsky
founded the JSA chapter at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, served
as Mayor of the South Atlantic Region and attended the Junior Statesmen
Summer School at Stanford. He is now a staff assistant in the White
House who was featured in a great Washington
Post article. You can read it
Month’s JSA Poll
Should the U.S. Senate
ratify the new START
New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) was signed by
presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev in Prague on April 8,
2010. The treaty requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate
ratification. Proponents of the treaty say it enhances U.S.
security by placing limits on deployed strategic warheads and by laying
the groundwork for stronger international action on arms control and
nonproliferation. Critics say the limitations in the treaty
U.S. nuclear and conventional weapons undermine U.S. security and will
not deter states like Iran and North Korea from seeking to acquire
do you think? Answer
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