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Students Declare for Lt. Gov Positions

JSA’s election season is underway and student leaders are campaigning for position as lieutenant governors, mayors and even speaker of the House. Each state has different elected positions.  Learn about the individuals running for governor and continue reading below to learn about those stepping up as candidates for lieutenant governor.

 

Arizona

Marina Martinez

Marina Martinez-AZ.pngI am Marina Martinez, and I definitely have a true love for a few things in life: politics, art, travel, and of course, JSA. While I have also loved a good debate for most of my life, JSA was not an outlet I was brought to until my sophomore year of high school. After learning about and participating in JSA, Tuesdays after school quickly became the highlights of my week, and I truly couldn’t wait to eat snacks and talk about issues from gun control to climate change every week. I suddenly was able to speak freely among an intimate group and learn about current issues in the process, and I knew that others deserve that same opportunity. Because I knew the values JSA has to offer, I was able to serve as a Convention Coordinator during my sophomore year, and continue with that position today. My beginnings in the Rincon/University High School chapter in Tucson Arizona, and conventions and connections with other chapters that came with those have allowed me to incorporate my passion for the world around me into meaningful conversations with my peers. I have been able to make friends from across my wonderful state. I have been able to speak on issues I could do nowhere but in the confines of JSA. That is exactly why I decided to run for JSA Arizona’s Lieutenant Governor position–because I am ready to actively contribute to what has been a key part of my formative years, and I am ready to continue our state’s history as a strong, efficient, and growing force that makes an impact on each statesman.

Connect with Marina online
Website: marinaforltg.ml
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marina4ltg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marinaforltg/

Gabi Erdelac-Newman

Gabi Erdelac-Newman-AZ.JPGMy JSA career began when I was in the 8th Grade. The elementary school I attended was chosen as the first 8th grade chapter allowed in JSA. I was very proud and honored to be a part of that group, as well as this organization. That was the year that I fell in love with JSA. JSA has made a huge impact on my life. It has shown me how to come out of my shell and how to communicate my thoughts and feelings on different topics.

Throughout the last four years in JSA, I have held many positions including 3 different chapter officer positions and 5 Cabinet positions. I have worked throughout many departments and know how they operate and can see where some improvement can be made. I’m not saying they don’t run well, I just have seen what can be done differently in order to make JSAZ even better. I decided to run for LTG because I believe that I can help make a difference. I have seen how much JSAZ has grown from when I first started and my one hope for JSAZ is for it to continue to grow and be able to affect more student’s lives positively.

Connect with Gabi online:
Website: http://gabi4ltg.weebly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gabi4LTG/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gabi4LTG
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabi4ltg/

 

Mid-Atlantic

Olivia Vladyka

Olivia Vladyka -MAS.pngMy name is Olivia Vladyka and I am currently running to be Mid Atlantic State Lieutenant Governor. I am currently serving as the Lieutenant Gubernatorial Chief of Staff. I was inspired to run for LTG after seeing the amazing work that can be done by LTG cabinet. I want to give back to Junior State of America, an organization that has given me so much. I became involved in JSA as a freshman and after serving as a chapter internal affairs agent, a chapter president, and LTG chief of staff I am ready to make a greater contribution. I have the experience, the passion, and the vision to unite the MAS. Vote Olivia V for LTG!!”

Connect with Oliva online:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OliviaVforLTG/
Instagram: @oliviavforltg
Website: www.OliviaVforLTG.weebly.org

Shruthi Katipally

Shruthi Katipally-MAS.pngHey JSAers! I’m Shruthi Katipally, a current junior at South Brunswick High School. After being in JSA for 3 years, I can say that this organization has transformed me into the person I am today. Not only have I learned to be a better speaker and person, but I have also made some of my fondest memories in JSA. JSA is where I have met some of my best friends, experienced new adventures, and even dealt with some of the hardest moments of my life. This organization has been one of the sole reasons I have been able to reach the places I have, by not only providing me with great opportunities but also the leadership skills needed to conquer life outside of JSA. As a fellow statesmen I hope to bring upon the same experiences within your life. I hope to ensure that JSA impacts you the way it impacted me. Ultimately, I hope you cherish JSA and everything it has to offer to the max!

Through my years in JSA, was able to understand the many benefits and challenges of each JSA experience that I have had. Consequently, I was able to realize how much I wanted to repay the organization in terms of allowing it to grow and sustaining every positive aspect of it. As a leader and a member in JSA, I hope to bring upon changes that you, the people, request, while also expanding successful individual or chapter ideas to other struggling chapters or even the MAS as a whole. My platform is built off of a three step plan: contact, promote, and expand. Each point allows every individual department in the Lieutenant Gubernatorial Cabinet to consistently track their progress through an organized and documented method. By taking each department through this step-by-step process, everyone will be able to actively participate in the progressive growth of the MAS, allowing for you, and the MAS as a whole, to make JSA for you, with you, by you.

Connect with Shruthi online:
Website: http://shruthiforltg.weebly.com/
Facebook: Shruthi Katipally for MAS Lieutenant Governor
Instagram: shruthiforltg

 

Midwest

Anmol Parande

Anmol Parande-MW.jpgI am currently a junior at Vernon Hills High School. At the end of 8th grade, I was a shy, reserved person who decided that his biggest goal for high school was to learn how to express himself. I joined JSA to achieve this goal. Since the first speech I gave at a chapter meeting in freshman year, JSA has constantly allowed me to develop my speaking capabilities. I was a debate agent my sophomore year, and this year I served as the LTG Chief of Staff as well as the MidSoHio Convention Bill Director. Looking back, JSA has not only taught me how to express myself, but it has also made me a politically aware individual as well as a student leader. I decided to run for Lieutenant Governor because I wanted to continue helping JSA change the lives of other students just as it did for me. I believe that with my skills with technology and my logical ways of thinking, I can help raise Midwest JSA to new heights as we continue to increase the quality of debate, the quality of our conventions, and the quality of the Midwest as a whole.

Connect with Anmol online:
Website: anmolparandeforltg.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/apforltg
Campaign Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Wr2VHBzgVqcCk0hwupUDA

 

Northern California

Katey Patrick

Katey Patrick-NC.PNGMy name is Katey Patrick! I am 16, and am from a town about an hour north of Sacramento. I attend Sutter Union High School as a junior. All of my life, civic involvement has been very important to me. My family has always been involved in politics in my hometown, and so when I entered high school, I was so sad to find out that there wasn’t a debate club. I got started in JSA that fall, after in interned for my federal congressman on his re-election campaign. I wanted to start a debate team, but after a fellow student told me about this organization. After attending my first fall state, I knew that JSA was for me. I ran for my regional senate in the spring of 2016, and was elected to that seat. At Cabinet Conformation that year, I was chosen by my fellow senators as the speaker of the senate, which was a huge honor. I worked with expansion in my time as senator, and that along with the combined JSA experience, made me believe that I have the skills to serve as NorCal’s Lieutenant Governor!

Connect with Katey online:
Instagram: @katey4ltg
Facebook: Katey Patrick for NorCal JSA Lieutenant Governor

Jake Hanssen

Jake Hanssen-NorCal.jpgI began JSA as a freshman, like so many other delegates across the country. Meek, young, and blazingly average, I never expected that I’d go far in this organization. I became more involved at the end of my freshman year, dealt a crushing defeat in my run for Chapter Secretary but eventually winning the title of Chapter Secretary a year later. I licked my wounds and by the end of my sophomore year I was in the running for Senator of the Golden Gate Region. As a Senator, I’ve had the unique opportunity to engage in reform of the Northern California state, especially concerning Activism: my area of choice. My platform is available online, and I would encourage everyone to check it out.

As a current Senator of the Golden Gate Region (one of the two largest regions in NorCal), President of my JSA Chapter, Liaison to the Activism Department, and former Activism Coordinator, I believe that I have all the necessary qualifications to become the next Lieutenant Governor. I am also especially proud of my endorsements – posted on @JakeforJSA and the Jake Hanssen for NorCal Lieutenant Governor Facebook page – that have come from a wide range of involved members of the JSA community. A former Lieutenant Governor of NorCal, a Director of Debate, the Director of Activism, members of the Fundraising Department, Expansion Agents, the Convention Coordinator, and the Political Fair Coordinator have all lent their support to me. This, as well as all of the help and love that I’ve received from other delegates of JSA, has empowered me to continue this campaign with increased dedication and fervor. To everyone who has helped in this journey: thank you.

Connect with Jake online:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JakeForJSA/
Instagram: @JakeforJSA
Platform: http://tinyurl.com/jakeforjsa-platform

 

Northeast

Sarah Hoffman

Sarah Hoffman-NES.jpgMy freshman year I joined my local JSA chapter and went to almost every meeting and one day. I couldn’t afford overnights, but that didn’t stop me from getting engaged at the chapter level. When springtime came, I found out about cabinet from my chapter president. I read it over and it seemed like a really cool way to get involved in something bigger. Activism and expansion particularly caught my eye. Getting other kids engaged in the organization and in the world the way I had been so lucky to be was something that really mattered to me. I applied to cabinet and became an Expansion Agent. The job was difficult, but so worth it. Whenever I saw someone from one of my expansion chapters at events, debating, winning best speaker awards, I was so proud and happy. At the end of the year, I saw that my clear next step was to apply for Director of Expansion. Not only would I continue to do what I love, starting chapters and increasing JSA engagement, but I would also be in charge. Anyone who knows me knows that being a leader is practically in my DNA. Last summer I was also invited to the Montezuma Leadership Summit, where I furthered my development of that leadership capability and gained a comprehensive understanding of the exceptional qualities of the Junior State. In the past year, I have grown the northeast state by 15 chapters and this growth is something I badly want to continue. But not only do I want to grow the NES in size, I want to elevate its quality as well. I love the northeast and I want to make it the best it can be.

Although my extensive experience has introduced me to a fantastic organization, it has also shown me that there remains room for improvement, and much of what I’d like to change can be best changed from the position of Lieutenant Governor. My platforms were designed around what my experience has shown me and then added and altered by many different members of the state who have reached out to me over the course of campaign season. Activism needs to be displayed with more prominence at events and online, expansion efforts need to be even further increased (especially in ME, VT, RI, and NH), financial aid needs to be better publicized (had I known about this freshman year, I could’ve probably attended Fall and Spring State), the newspaper needs more writers and to be better publicized, we need to strengthen chapter relations, and we need stronger communications and transparency. The true highlight of my platforms is the bridging of chapters to the state and members to cabinet, and through this, the whole NES will grow and thrive. I intend to do all of this and more, to find out how in greater detail, check out my campaign facebook page and instagram, or just reach out to me!

Connect with Sarah online:
Facebook: https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=365039853883110&tsid=0.17312548691803076&source=typeahead
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahhoffman4nesltg17/
Declaration speech: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1tmUFsLKu7mSEM2QlJGV0dvUXc/view

Lauren Newton

Lauren Newton-NES.JPGLauren Newton is currently the NES director of fundraising and financial aid along with being a chapter officer for Cheshire High School. In her JSA career thus far she has met new friends, learned new perspectives, and increased her leadership skills. In the summer of 2015 she attended the JSA Princeton summer institute which helped her gain knowledge and leadership experience dealing with JSA. Lauren hopes to get to know each and every student involved in JSA and hear their ideas to implement them into the NES. She is running to be the NES Lieutenant Governor because of her passion for JSA and her drive to bring the Northeast to their potential.

In her platforms Lauren advocates for attention to be put on the return of chapters and keeping everyone aware of events and initiatives. Fundraising will hold a major importance in order to help more people attend conventions and communication through The Patriot will be a priority. Along with continuing on with the current fundraising and activism initiatives new ideas will be brought into play. Reach out to Lauren with any questions!

 

Ohio River Valley

Shane Ausmus

Hi! My name is Shane, and I’m a current junior at Dublin Coffman High School. This year, I’ve served as the ORV’s Director of Activism, and I’m blessed to have the opportunity to run to become your next Lieutenant Governor. Shaun_ORVLtGov.jpg

I first joined JSA during my freshman year, but it took until the the summer before sophomore year for me to begin to get involved in the state. From my roots as an Activism Specialist and the Copy Editor of our state newspaper, and as the only candidate who has served on the ORV’s Fair Elections Committee (which is the primary responsibility of the Lieutenant Governor), I’ve had a wealth of experience in the Junior State that has allowed me to lead a department of seven people to maintain solid Fight Apathy registration numbers, increase the prevalence of social activism initiatives at state conventions, and create the first activism-themed ORV state event. JSA functions have set the stage for some of my best high school memories; from going coast-to-coast from JSA Summer School at Georgetown to the annual Montezuma Leadership Summit in California, being named the state Director of Activism, seeing my friends become everything from Statesman of the Year to Governor, and meeting countless new faces who have fundamentally shaped my political beliefs, I owe a great deal to the Junior State. It’s my goal to give back as your next Lieutenant Governor by providing insight and understanding to our state elections that can only come from quality performance and years of state experience.

To me, JSA isn’t specifically about the politics. It undoubtedly provides a backdrop for teens to become more literate about the issues facing our nation today, but that is just one of the many benefits that this organization brings to the table for high school students. JSA has made me a better speaker and writer, increased my self-confidence, and exposed me to the true meaning of civic engagement. As Director of Activism, I know the importance of making sure that all states(wo)men have access to the same opportunities, resources, and information about our state government. A vote for #shaneforltg is a vote for a campaign founded on experience, built on transparency, and supported by some of the best and brightest that the ORV has to offer. I’d be honored and humbled to work together with you to increase efficiency and transparency of our state.

Connect with Shane online at http://www.shaneforltg.weebly.com.

Instagram: @shaneforltg

Twitter: @shane_for_orv

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaneafororvltg/

Email: sausmus@orv.jsa.org OR shaneforltg@gmail.com

Jordan Hunter

Bio coming soon

Edina Kovacs

Bio coming soon

 

Pacific Northwest

Priyanka Getchell

Priyanka Getchell

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My freshman year I joined JSA with most of my friends but I wasn’t very involved until my first state convention. My first Fall State was like nothing I had experienced before. I heard kids passionately debating a wide variety of topics, many of which I knew very little about. I quickly got involved in leadership at both the chapter and state level. In my sophomore year I was my chapter treasurer and at the state level I was the Director of Photography. My Junior year I worked as Convention Coordinator for the PNW. I decided to run for the position of Lieutenant Governor because I want to further expand and grow my part in this club. I’ve constantly been inspired by this club, the experiences I’ve had through it and the people it has helped me meet. I have both the passion and experience to deal with all the challenges of the Lieutenant Governor position.

Connect with Priyanka on Facebook at: https://m.facebook.com/priya4ltg/

 

Kendall Smith

Kendall Smith-PNW.jpgHi! My name is Kendall Smith and I’m running for Lieutenant Governor of the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been involved in JSA since the start of my freshman year, after becoming hooked my first Fall State. At my first Fall State, I was not only inspired to speak out more about issues that I care about, but I was also inspired by the people around me. This encouraged me to become more involved in this organization. Now, I currently serve as the Assistant Convention Coordinator and as my school’s Director of Activism. I also had the pleasure to attend the Montezuma Leadership Summit this past summer, where I met many more incredible people and began to consider running for LTG.

JSA has given me countless opportunities and experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. I want to be LTG to ensure that every delegate has these same opportunities and experiences, so that they too can enjoy JSA as much as I have. I also want to help improve my state to make it the best that it can be, which I know I have the ability to do. I am so excited to be running and I would be honored to be the next LTG of the PNW.

To see more about my campaign please check out my Facebook and Instagram!

Connect with Kendall online:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KendallforLTG/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kendall4ltg/

 

Southern California

Max Sweeney

Max Sweeney-SC.JPGMy name is Max Sweeney, I’m Chapter President of Garden Street Academy, Vice Mayor of the Channel Islands Region, a passionate member of JSA, and I am running to be your next Lieutenant Governor. I’m running because I believe in the power the LTG has to create change within both the senate and JSA as a whole. For too long has the LTG position been held by someone that simply “presides over the senate”, and I believe that the position can be utilized for much more than that. The position can be used to create change within departments- not just publicizing and improving accessibility of the senate. I plan to implement a group fundraising initiative that anyone can take part in, strengthening communications with the individual members of JSA, and making sure that your officials are there to ensure that your JSA experience is the best it can be. This campaign is about you. This campaign is about bringing focus to the individual and bringing passionate people together.

Please check out my social media and website for campaign updates.

Connect with Max online
Website:http://maxsweeneyforltg.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maxsweeneyforltg/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/maxforltg/

Samantha Wasserman

Samantha Wasserman-SC.jpgSamantha Wasserman is a sophomore at Beckman High School in Orange County, California. She immediately fell in love with JSA at her very first convention, Fall State 2015. Sam started as any JSAer did; participating in heated debates, connecting with fellow JSAers, and when the time came, throwing down on the dance floor. As spring state approached, she decided to run for Senator of the SER. Winning that election would change her JSA career forever, as it was this opportunity that inspired her to dream bigger within this organization. Since being elected Senate Pro Tempore, her love for JSA and her admiration for the people within it has only grew. Now, she is running for Lieutenant Governor, following in the footsteps of the marvelous Morgan Pak. Sam has the unrivalled experience that it takes to lead the Senate in its most successful year yet, and she is thrilled to not only fulfill the duties of Lieutenant Governor, but to exceed them. Her platform consists of three principles: accountability, transparency, and personability. These three principles center around her desire to improve the efficiency of the Senate in order to ensure the Senate’s performance meets the people’s standards, to dissolve the disconnect between the Senate and the people, and cultivate an open environment where everyone feels comfortable reaching out to their Senator to express their concerns or opinions. A job is only worth as much as you put into it, and Sam will pour her heart and soul into becoming Lieutenant Governor.

Connect with Samantha online
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samwassforltg/
Website: http://samforltgov.weebly.com/

 

Southeast

Nana Kusi

Nana Kusi-SE.pngMy name is Nana Kusi, and I’m so excited to be running for Lieutenant Governor of the Southeast State! I’m a junior at Land O’Lakes High School and the vice president of my school’s chapter. I joined JSA at the beginning of last school year and instantly fell in love with the organization, and soon after my first Winter Congress I was extended the opportunity to attend the Montezuma Leadership Summit and the JSA Summer School at Princeton University. While I was not able to attend Montezuma, I had the time of my life studying at Summer School and learning valuable leadership skills that I hope to implement in our state.

Currently, I serve on my state’s year-round cabinet as the Secretary of Chapter Affairs. I was a member of the 2017 MidSoHio SuperCabinet and served as the Southeast’s State Bill Director, in addition to being a member of the Winter Congress party system and acting as a whip for the Democratic Party. Having the opportunity to serve in all these different capacities has given me an incredible appreciation for the Junior State and everything that it stands for. JSA’s dedication to providing America’s youth with an outlet for civic engagement is an admirable mission that I hope to advance in the coming year. I’m incredibly excited to work with you all in making the Southeast the best that it can be!

Connect with Nana online:
Instagram: instagram.com/nanakusi4ltg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nanakusiforltg/

 

Brandon Stewart

Brandon Stewart-SE.jpgHello! I’m Brandon Stewart and I’m so grateful to be running for Lieutenant Governor of the Southeast State! I’m currently a junior at Sarasota Military Academy, where I serve as my chapter’s Co-Vice President. I vividly remember the first day I joined JSA my sophomore year. Ironically, my chapter was new to all things JSA just as much as I was due to the fact that we were a first year chapter, the first in our district. Though, from that first meeting, I knew JSA was right for me. JSA is all about “strengthening  American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership skills in a democratic society”. These values and many more are what drew myself and so many others towards this amazing organization. These principles are what drove me to exceed expectations and break the norms of first year chapters. Our first Winter Congress of last year, we were able to bring 15 students. This was an amazing experience that I will cherish forever! At the convention, I was constantly surrounded by leaders and advocates. These leaders,along with the the infinite amount of opportunities JSA offers, inspired me to run for a position on the SES Cabinet. I now currently serve as our state’s Public Relations Agent. I am dedicated to bringing all members the same opportunities I had and many more! I know what rigorous work looks like, I’ve dealt with road blocking situations and most importantly, I want nothing less but success for the Southeast State. I believe that I provide a fresh, experienced, and much needed diverse face to our state. I hope you elect me as your next LGT, and together, we can.

Connect with Brandon online:
www.Instagram.com/bstewartforltg

 

Texas

Ife Omidiran

Ife Omidiran-TX.jpgHi JSA! My name is Ife Omidiran, and I’m running for Lieutenant Governor of Texas JSA! I joined JSA in my freshman year, when I went to the interest meeting for Carnegie JSA. I mostly just went for the brownies, but at the meeting, I saw all these people that were so passionate and engaged and I realized that this organization was something special. At Fall State, between the exciting debates, thought talks, and activism, I fell in love with JSA. Since then, JSA has become a HUGE part of my life (major key) : I applied for chapter cabinet, state cabinet, ran for senator, attended JSA Summer School at Stanford and ran to be Carnegie’s VP.   I’ve gotten so involved because I love JSA and I have seen the impact it has first hand — I have become someone unafraid to speak my mind, I have become civically engaged, and I have had the opportunity to become a leader, all because of JSA.

I’m running for Texas JSA LTG because I want to work with other amazing stateswomen and statesmen to not only bring the JSA experience to new schools and students who haven’t heard of JSA, but also to make the JSA experience even better for every single JSAer, whether they don’t know what a thought talk is, or they’re a veteran to JSA. I want to do this by listening first and foremost: by hearing people’s concerns and finding innovative solutions to address them. That’s what I did when I wrote my platform (check it out below on my website or FB page + feel free to slide into my DMs with any suggestions, comments or concerns on Instagram or FB!!), and that’s what I hope to do as your Lieutenant Governor. To make Texas JSA even better — together.

Connect with Ife online:
Campaign video: https://www.facebook.com/ifeforltg/videos/1412038708827469/
Facebook: fb.com/ifeforltg
Instagram: @ifeforltg
Website: ifeforltg.com

 

Gerard Merhi

Bio coming soon

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Meet The Governor Candidates

Election season is underway in the Junior State of America. Many candidates made their declarations at Winter Congress and are in full campaign mode. Most ballots will be cast at Spring States, which kick off April 8 in the Northeast.

JSA members will elect new governors, lieutenant governors and in some states mayors and vice mayors and a Speaker of the House. JSA governors serve on the Council of Governors and direct the various departments of Cabinet. Below are a list of the candidates from each state.

 

Arizona

Katie Compton

Katie Compton-AZ.JPGMy name is Katie Compton, I am 16 years old, and I have been in JSA for the last 2 ½ years. I started my JSA journey my freshmen year of high school when I was asked to attend the 2014 JSAZ Fall State. I decided to attend because I wanted to try something new. It was one of the most exciting events I had ever attended. I walked into the convention only knowing one person and I left knowing an entire state. Since then I became my chapter’s secretary, an expansion agent, my chapter’s president, the Arizona Director of Expansion, and a Montezuma Alumni. I love JSA so much I tried to get involved in everything I could. Being able to bring what I love to other students and change their lives is what keeps me going even when we reach tough times. My decision to run for Governor of JSAZ was made at Montezuma after I had been inspired by the Council of Governors and the 40-odd something students surrounding me. I have changed so much because of JSA and I owe everything I am to JSA. I wanted to run for JSAZ Governor because I wanted to give back to my fellow juniorstatesmen.  You can learn more about Katie’s campaign at her website: http://compton4gov.weebly.com or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Eric Brock

Eric Brock-AZ.jpgEric Brock has served as expansion agent, President and Founder of Thunderbird’s JSA Chapter, Founder of the first Black Student Union at a predominantly white school, editor of the school paper, a robotics teacher, activist, and volunteer—but the first thing his friends and family will tell you is that he’s never forgotten where he came from or who he’s been fighting for. His first experience with JSA was the 2016 ASU Summer Institute, where he made friends from across the country. Since then, Brock has had the privilege as serving as an expansion agent; working with common chapters: new or historic. Brock is running for Governor because he has a unique voice, high hopes, and truly an unwavering belief that JSAZ has the greatest potential. To learn more about Eric’s visit, www.RockWithBrock.wordpress.com.

Or connect on social media, Instagram:@RealEricBrock or Facebook: Facebook.com/RockWithBrock.

Yesenia Montes

Yesenia Montes-AZ.jpgYesenia Montes joined JSA her sophomore year, and while she did not fall in love with the organization at the first meeting, she enjoyed the environment and discussions very much. That year she made the bold decision of attending JSA Summer School, & little did she know the impact it would have on her. She arrived to Georgetown being terribly afraid of public speaking and constantly self-conscious, but left as a confident stateswoman that was determined and prepared to take a leadership role within JSA. She came home to the state of Arizona and became head of Expansion and Fundraising Committee in her chapter, soon to be positioned as Deputy Convention Coordinator. Realizing the impact JSA had on her, and the profound love and gratitude she felt for JSA, Yesenia found it a responsibility to serve her state. Passionate and determined, Yesenia will continue to strive improving the experience of every JSA member. Learn more about Yesenia’s campaign at yeseniaforgov.weebly.com

Facebook pg: Yesenia for JSAZ Governor
Twitter: @yesforgov

 

Mid-Atlantic

Ambika Sinha

 Ambika Sinha-MAS.JPGThese past three years have most significantly molded me into the individual I am today. Uniquely, my jsa story starts off with neither the meeting that changed my life, nor the blossoming from my once shy self to a confident individual. My JSA story begins with my 14 year old self- a passionate young girl frustrated with the political and social sphere around her. I sought refuge in JSA, as a medium to relieve this frustration and learn more about the world around me. But, I soon learned that the Junior state could provide much more. JSA exposed itself as a means to empower. I learned that “be the people” is not merely a catchphrase, but instead is the very backbone of citizenship in the United States.

Realizing the very opportunity of empowerment is what made me fall in love with JSA. But to be able to foster this same experience for others is what pushed me to run for my state’s governor. Serving as a CIA agent and the New Jersey Region Mayor, I encountered obstacles that many faced on this journey of empowerment. From Smaller picture issues, such as relations with Teacher Administration, to bigger issues, such as planning conferences with the JSApp, my diversified experience in JSA has exposed me to the ins and outs of this organization. My campaign is focused on collectively overcoming these issues in order to further the experience as a statesmen and as an American. JSA has been one of the reasons that I am able to take pride in my American and fully engage myself in affairs in the real world. Join me, and together we’ll set new records and empower more people. To learn more about Ambika’s campaign, visit ambikaforgov.weebly.com, connect with her on Facebook or Instagram at @ambikaforgov.  To send suggestions, click here.

Ariel Rakovitsky

Ariel Rakovitsky-MAS.tiffI started high school in a different town than I finished middle school in, and in the beginning I felt out of place in the bustling halls and crowded stairwells. Manalapan High School’s JSA chapter was the first place I felt truly welcome and at home; it was the one classroom I felt I belonged in. Throughout my freshman year, I was taken under the wing of experienced upperclassmen and was shown the ropes of JSA. Immediately, I fell in love with the organization and began to comprehend the importance of the mission of the Junior State. However, in the process, I also began to understand how much room there exists in the MAS for improvement.

JSA is an uphill experience of mustering the courage to take a given action. My first debate was petrifying, but I knew I wanted to express my opinions on election reform and so I raised my hand. Applying to cabinet was just as frightening, but I knew I had a tremendous amount to offer as a Director of Technology and so I applied. I’ve now been involved in JSA for three years, and can no longer play a passive role while such a potential for change exists. Technology overhaul, debate reinvigoration, financial restructuring, and state assembly reform are within reach, but even more importantly, we must strive to make the MAS represent the individual hopes and visions of every JSAer. Our state is strongest when everyone plays a role, and as governor, I promise to make this not only a vision, but reality.  Learn more about Ariel’s campaign at http://ourJSA.us or connect with her on social media at facebook.com/ourJSA on Facebook or @arielforgovernor on Instagram, using the hashtag #ourJSA.

Laura Boyajian

Laura Boyajian- MAS.JPGHello everyone! My name is Laura Boyajian and I currently serve as the New Jersey Region Vice Mayor from the South Jersey Chapter. I am so excited to be running for your next Mid-Atlantic State Governor. After hearing about this incredible organization from my older siblings who were also in JSA, I was eager to get involved. Before I joined, I found very little interest in anything related to politics. However, JSA immediately sparked my enthusiasm to become an informed citizen. I never thought I would find myself debating at conventions during my freshman year, and now it has become one of the aspects of JSA I enjoy most. This organization has motivated me to find my voice, get involved, and take action and my goal today is to empower each and every one of you to feel this same inspiration. If elected Governor, I promise to foster accessibility between state leadership and delegates, improve logistical efficiency, and increase involvement to make your ideas and needs heard. My campaign motto is “putting the people first,” because the only way to create an enjoyable JSA experience for all is to involve each student in the decision-making process. Your voice matters, and I am listening. I would love to hear your suggestions and comments so we can work together to build our vision for a better Mid-Atlantic State. Learn more at laura4gov.weebly.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/Laura4gov or on Instagram at @laura4masgovernor.

 
Suggestions Form: tinyurl.com/laura4gov
Platform: tinyurl.com/ourvisionMAS
Campaign Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8d9jXeHMVI
 

Midwest

Colin Jensen

Colin Jensen-MW.jpgHaving the unique opportunity to preview JSA when I was in 8th grade, I instantly fell in love with the people, method and atmosphere of the organization. When I finally became a freshman, I knew that becoming more involved in this organization would only create unforgettable experiences and give me the opportunity to meet incredible individuals. My name is Colin Jensen and I am so happy to be running for the Governor of the Midwest State. I am addicted to Netflix, as many people are, love ice cream and Starbucks, am always up to travel, and I am a nerd when it comes to math. Since becoming a freshman until now, I’ve had the opportunity to be the Chapter President of Naperville Central High School, be a fundraising agent on the Midwest State Cabinet, and become the Chief of Staff for both the Midwest State and for our annual MidSoHio Winter Congress. As I was presented with these positions, my passion and involvement in JSA only increased, and I continued by attending the Montezuma Leadership Summit in the summer of my sophomore year. I am so fortunate to have been given these positions, but the titles are meaningless to me, as the people I have met through these positions and the amount I have learned as an involved leader have allowed me to see JSA in an entire new, amazing way and additionally allowed me to learn a lot about myself.

I chose to run for governor because of how this organization affects the people that are a part of it. With all the experience I have accumulated over the past three years, I am confident that I can create a better Midwest State, create better national initiatives and overall create an even more memorable and rewarding experience for those who are a part of JSA. For how much JSA has given me throughout my entire high school experience, I think it is only fair to give that experience to the underclassmen coming into the organization now and create a much more interconnected state with higher quality conventions, whether regional or statewide. I am so excited to be running for your next Midwest JSA Governor and am confident that I can create a better state and a stronger JSA for everyone involved! To learn more about Colin’s campaign, visit his website, https://www.colinjensenforgov.com/ and social media.

Facebook Page:  (includes all speeches up to date ) https://www.facebook.com/colinjensenforgov/?notif_t=page_invite_accepted&notif_id=1487631828293446

Email: cjensen@midwest.jsa.org
 

Northern California

Kate Gross-Whitaker

Kate Gross-Whitaker-NC.jpgWhen I first heard about JSA, it was simply a thing my older brother occasionally disappeared to for the weekend, only to come home to Sunday night dinners full of questions about economic policies or US declarations of war. I never really thought much about what it actually was. My Freshman year, my brother told me if he could recommend anything to me for high school, it would be to participate in JSA. So, I went to Fall State, with no idea what to expect. I never imagined I would fallin love with this organization as much as I have.

Since my Freshman year, I have been extremely engaged in JSA. I have served as the Piedmont High School chapter president for two years now, and served on cabinet for three years: Freshman year as a logistics agent, Sophomore year as a Convention Coordinator, and currently as the Governor’s Chief of Staff. I love this organization and how it is able to bring together so many different people to discuss and debate such a wide range of issues, and I want to help facilitate this as the NorCal Governor next year. Connect with Kate on social media at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kategw4gov/
Instagram: @kategw4gov

Harpreet Mahi

Harpreet Mahi-NC.PNGMy name is Harpreet Mahi, and I am currently a junior in high school.  I grew up in Northern California in a small town called Yuba City.  I grew up extremely shy, awkward, and had experienced a lot of bullying when growing up.  Little did I know however, that being involved in JSA was going to turn my life completely around and change my outlook on the world around me forever.  I decided to go to my first JSA meeting because I didn’t really have a club that I was very involved in and I wanted to be more involved in my school.  I became a member of my school’s chapter knowing nobody in the club and taking a chance.  To my surprise, everyone was so laid back and nice.  I finally had found a place where my opinion really mattered.  I became more and more involved at the chapter level, eventually becoming a chapter officer.  For my next year, I applied to state cabinet and was so thrilled when I found out I had earned a spot.  JSA has been one of my biggest priorities through high school, and it challenged me both socially and mentally.My decision for running for governor came from my love for JSA, and how much individual members inspire me.  As a member of state cabinet, I had noticed problems we were having and challenges our state was facing.  I decided to run for governor because I knew that my passion for the organization, as well as my awareness of problems in our state and nationally could lead me to being a successful leader and pointing us towards the right direction.  I hope that these next few campaigning weeks are successful and will lead to more and more individuals seeing my vision for the future of the NorCal state of JSA and the future of the organization as well. Learn more about Harpreet at harpreetmahifornorcaljsagov.com/.  Or on social media at Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/harpreetmahifornorcalgov/ and Instagram:  harpreetmahiforgov.

Caroline Olesky

 Caroline Okesky-NC.jpgHey NorCal! I’m Caroline and I’m running to be your next governor. Outside of JSA, I am an avid watcher of basketball, a boba enthusiast, and a documentary film lover.

I joined JSA early in my sophomore year and immediately fell in love with the organization and its mission. It didn’t take long to realize that I wanted more involvement, so after my second convention, I declared my candidacy for Golden Gate Region mayor. After winning the election, I was lucky enough to be chosen to attend the Montezuma Leadership Summit in Los Gatos. There, I met with the Council of Governors and other delegates from the nine other states. I made some of my best friends and had the opportunity to introduce non-Californians to the best burger place, In-N-Out. The people I met that weekend are who inspired me to run for governor. The pure passion of those fifty individuals changed who I am as a person and set a bar that I aim to reach in JSA and the rest of my life every day. When Fall State rolled around, I was empowered again by the amazing delegates of the Golden Gate Region and the Northern California state as a whole. I knew then that I wanted to run for governor. The delegates of NorCal are a lot of things: We fight apathy, we’re engaged, and we care about our future. It would be my highest honor to represent us as governor. To learn more about her campaign, visit carolineforgov.weebly.com.  Or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/carolineforgov https://www.instagram.com/carolineforgov. Her declaration speech is available at http://bit.ly/2n704h5

Carl Howell

Coming soon.

 

Northeast

Derek Lo

Derek Lo-NE.jpgHey everyone! I’m Derek Lo and I’m running to be your next NES Governor. I’m a junior at Westford Academy in Westford, Massachusetts. Three years ago, I was at my school’s activity fair and I saw a board about JSA. I decided to go to a meeting and see what it was like. I fell in love with JSA from that first meeting. I finally found an organization that I could dedicate myself to. Never in my life had I felt such a feeling of devotion to an organization like JSA. Last year, I served as the New England Conference Coordinator and my chapter’s convention coordinator. This past summer I had the great honor of attending the Montezuma Leadership Summit in Los Gatos, CA, being able to meet other future JSA leaders where the organization was founded. Currently, I serve as a Northeast State Convention Coordinator, where I coordinate our three overnight conventions. Outside of JSA, I work at a program with elementary school kids, and enjoy nature, photography, and the arts.

I decided to run for governor after hearing from many of your ideas and concerns in the state, and I want to combine them with my vision for the NES. I felt that these ideas, along with my extensive experience on both regional and state cabinets, as well as having served as a chapter officer make me qualified and prepared for this position. I also saw that the position of governor requires a strong work ethic and dedication to the cause, and that has also propelled me into running for governor, as I saw myself as one with those necessary skills. I’m excited to meet many of you in the coming weeks and at Spring State, vote Derek Lo for a stronger and united NES! Connect with Derek on social media at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derekforgov/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/derekforgov/

 

Holden Higgins

Holden Higgins-NE.jpgI started out in JSA my freshman year at winter congress, sponsoring a bill on out of state tuition at public Universities. From that first convention, I knew I’d found the right club. The people were fun, the debates were interesting, and the student leadership was inspiring. That summer I applied to be NES PR director and got the spot, going on to bring an investigative journalist, a Senator, and a Rwandan genocide survivor to our conferences. In the spring of Sophomore year I ran for ECR Mayor unsuccessful, but became chapter VP at Stuyvesant and CoCo for the NES for my junior year, which I currently serve as.

I was inspired to run for governor by the students I met at the Montezuma Leadership Conference over the summer. I saw how important a smoothly run state could be to participating students, and how I could make that happen in the NES.

My campaign page is available at www.facebook.com/hh4NESgov

 

Ohio River Valley

Kate Majidzadeh

Kate Majidzadeh-ORV.pngHi! I’m Kate Majidzadeh, and I’m proud to say I’m running for Governor of the Ohio River Valley. I am a Junior at Olentangy Liberty High School. I was first introduced to JSA after being unwillingly dragged to a debate about legalizing Medical Marijuana my Sophomore year of High School, and the rest is history. Not only am I an officer in my chapter, I have served as the Director of Technology in the ORV as well as Co-Director of Technology on the MidSoHio SuperCab.

I do have a life outside of JSA, however. When I’m not doing JSA, you might find me holed up in the theater at my school, acting, singing, and dancing my heart out, or check back stage, where I’ll be stage managing. Or perhaps you’ll find me messing around on my computer at home. I love computer science, what I’m planning on majoring in, despite many long nights staying up staring at a screen and trying to figure out why my code isn’t working. Gotta love AP Computer Science. You may also try to find me at either a yoga studio or a boxing ring, which, if you’re wondering, is a great way to work off campaign nerves. Slightly less relevant interests of mine include cheesecake, my adorable dog Theo, and reading. I am what one might call a nerd, which is why I’ve read the Harry Potter books more than 18 times and why I’m currently making my way through Dante’s Inferno. Like I said. Nerd.

Despite all this, JSA has earned a special place in my heart. I was inspired to run for governor because of what this organization has done for me. Because of JSA, I’ve learned how to fight for what I believe in, and I’ve learned that if I speak, there are people who are willing to listen. That’s why I’ve built my platform around the ideas of making JSA more accessible to our chapters and expanding to chapters in our mostly unoccupied states. Thank you all for giving me this incredible opportunity to give back and help the ORV reach new heights. Campaign Website is available at http://www.kateforgov.com. Or connect with Kate on Instagram: @kateforgov or Facebook: @kateforgov.

 

Weston Lindner

Weston Lindner-ORV.jpgHello!  My name is Weston Lindner, and I’m running to be the 2016-2017 Ohio River Valley JSA Governor.  I had my start in JSA three years ago, when I walked into a death penalty Thought Talk at my school’s kickoff chapter meeting.  Ever since then, I have attended just about every chapter meeting, and I have been enthralled by the organization.  I’m very grateful to be able to say that in my time in JSA, I’ve had some great opportunities to deliver the JSA experience to other people through work as a Cabinet specialist, Chapter President, Cabinet director, and Mayor.

The position of ORV JSA Governor is a massive time commitment.  As a very mission-driven person, I know that I need to have a clear, important mission and vision to be Governor.  It’s not something you devote hours a day to unless you truly believe you’re fulfilling a really important mission.  Well, I’m thoroughly convinced of the importance of the mission of JSA.  JSA is so much more than just an after school club, and I’m looking forward to treating it as such next year as Governor. Find out more at  www.westonforgov.com.

 

Pacific Northwest

Nick Liang

Nick Liang-PNW.jpgHey there! My name is Nick Liang, and I’m a junior at the International School of Bellevue in the Pacific Northwest. I’m currently the President of my chapter, the GPR’s Vice Mayor, and the Assistant Director of Chapter Internal Affairs, as well as a Fundraising Agent last year. I’ve been a part of this amazing organization for 3 years now, and I’ve been hooked ever since paying my taxes at the beginning of my freshman year. When I first heard about JSA, I only knew that it was a school club focused around politics and debate. But not only was I immediately struck by the welcoming and positive environment of PNW JSA, I was able to learn so much more about this extraordinary organization.

Having been involved in campaigns since my freshman year, I’ve seen amazing leaders come and go in JSA, and I’m so excited to hopefully be a part of that outstanding group of leaders. For the past 3 years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet hundreds of dedicated delegates all across the PNW, and I’ve created so many meaningful memories I hope to never forget. JSA has given me the passion for debate and political discourse, the courage, and most importantly the confidence to allow me be the person I am today. Through this campaign, I hope to give back to this organization what it has given me by aiding each and every delegate through their journey not only in the PNW, but across the nation. If elected, I plan to represent the people and focus on the individual JSA experience for each and every delegate in this organization by strengthening, expanding, and unifying my state. I couldn’t be more ecstatic to be running for the position of PNW Governor, and I’ll see you at Spring State!  You can learn more about Nick’s campaign on social media: FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/NickLiang4Gov/; Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/nickforpnwgov/

Link to campaign video: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2vFq7hbmlUoOVJSdnYtZEVrNTA

 

Jill Lambie

Jill Lambie-PNW.JPGHey JSA! I’m Jill Lambie from Central Valley High School and I’m running to be the next Governor of the Pacific Northwest State. Currently I serve as my chapter’s President and the state’s Director of Chapter Internal Affairs where I work with every chapter to ensure their success. My start in JSA was similar to many, my then Chapter President approached me at my lunch table and convinced me to attend Fall State, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I became dedicated to the organization immediately, signing up for cabinet as soon as I got the opportunity. Not long later I was invited to attend the Montezuma Leadership Summit where I realized how much I truly loved our organization. Fighting apathy, youth empowerment, political discourse- these are the things I value, and how lucky are we to be apart of an organization whose goals are just that. It is because of this I decided to run for governor, to impassion as many of my fellow high schoolers with the values of JSA, and give everyone in my state the same opportunities that I have had. I’m so excited to be running for governor and look forward to bettering my state! You can learn more at my website, www.lambie4gov.wordpress.com. On social media, connect with Jill at Facebook: www.facebook.com/lambie4gov or Instagram: www.instagram.com/lambie4gov

 

Landon Halverson

Coming soon.

 

Southern California

Patrick Aimone

Patrick Aimone-SC.pngMy name is Patrick Aimone, and I’m running to be the Governor of the Southern California Junior State! In no particular order, I like iced coffee, Kendrick Lamar, Ray Bradbury, musical theatre, and puns. But my foremost passion has always been political activism, and when I discovered JSA at the start of my freshman year, I knew that this was the organization to which I wanted to devote the rest of my time in high school. Since that very first convention, I’ve had the opportunity to serve on SoCal’s cabinet as the Director of Debate, as well as attend Georgetown Summer School and the Montezuma Leadership Summit—but the parts of JSA that mean the most to me are not the titles and events but the people I’ve met and the perspectives I’ve learned.

I decided to run for governor this year because I realized that SoCal JSA can become even better with changes that start with individual members, not unrealistic promises or top-down decrees. Over the last three years, I’ve heard so many suggestions from other JSAers about ways we can make things better, and I aim to build bridges between chapters and members so that those ideas can be voiced on a larger scale. Too often, candidates in JSA ignore achievable solutions in favor of impractical promises, only to see any possibility for the former slip away. That’s why I’m proud to stand by a feasible, comprehensive, thought-out platform that will strive to make SoCal JSA a better place for all those involved.

To learn more about Patrick’s campaign, visit his website at patrickforgov.com. And you can check out my Winter Congress declaration speech at bit.ly/PatrickDeclaration
Facebook: Patrick Aimone for SoCal JSA Governor
Instagram: @patrickforgov OR @patrick.aimone
Email: patrickforgovernor@gmail.com

Gabriel Avalos

Gabriel Avalos-SC.jpgMy name is Gabriel Avalos and I am running to be the next SoCal JSA Governor. Serving this year as the Director of Expansion and meeting all the passionate people at JSA events has not only motivated me into running to be the next Governor, but it has really shaped me into the candidate I am today. If elected, I promise to take SoCal to new heights. This will be done by expanding to new chapters, fundraising like never before by using fresh ideas and techniques, and working to combat elitism and bring equality to all those in JSA.

You see, my journey and perspective getting here really sets me apart as a candidate. It was only last year when everyone told me that it was impossible for me to get more involved and make an impact in JSA simply because I didn’t have the best connections or know the “right people”. I understand how hard it is to make a difference or get more involved when coming from a small chapter and I know that many think they will never stand a chance at even being considered for cabinet for this very same reason. As Governor, I plan to bring the change the people of SoCal deserve. There will be an application process for exclusive events and opportunities that are not currently open and there will be better outreach when it comes to people knowing about how to join cabinet. I want a JSA where everyone feels equal and I want a JSA that takes a chance on everyone. It is time to not only Be The People, but time to Believe In The People.

To learn more about Gabriel’s campaign, visit gabeforgov.weebly.com. Connect with Gabriel on social media at, https://www.facebook.com/gabeforgov/ or on social media at Instagram: gabeavalos.

 

Southeast

Thurman Massa

Thurman Massa-SE.PNGHello, my name is Thurman Massa and I am running for governor of the Southeast state of JSA. Currently I am serving as the Southeast Director of Expansion, and have been President of my Chapter for 2 years.  As I’m sure you have been seeing the many candidates announcing their campaigns across the country, it has been especially exciting for me to see all the familiar faces running for governor. The past summer I was blessed to be able to attend Montezuma, and meet with most of the people who are running for governor today. Governor is a milestone I’ve wanted to achieve since my very first Fall State freshman year. Being a leader is someone who leads by example and encourages those around themselves to grow and become the best person they can be. Due to the previous Governors of the southeast, and many people in this organization, being exactly that: encouraging, personable, and leading my example; I’ve known I want to be that person to everyone in the Southeast. I am running my platform around all these traits that must be in a leader. I am a man of quotes, if you follow my campaign accounts you will quickly see that, so I’ll leave you all with one last quote that has really helped me define who I am striving to be and who each and every one of you can be: a leader. “Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.”
-Chris Hadfield

To learn more about Thurman’s campaign, visit his website, thurmanforsesgov.weebly.com or connect with him on social media at Instagram: ThurmanForGov, Twitter: Thurman4Gov or Facebook: Thurman Massa For SES Governor.

Phoenix Berman

Phoenix Berman-SE.PNGPhoenix Berman was recently promoted to Cadet Major with the US Army JROTC and is a junior at the Sarasota Military Academy (SMA). She is extremely honored to be your candidate in the 2017 race for governor in the great Southeast state and can not wait to meet and discuss with you during her campaign. Phoenix stumbled upon JSA as a Sophomore and insanely knew that a political/debate program on her high school campus would change the face of her academy. She was right. Immediately she saw what was then a virtually apathetic campus turn into a thriving sphere of political discourse, doubling her chapter size and engaging not only her fellow peers, but her community, elected officials, and bi-partisan organizations.

Phoenix has served in multiple positions of leadership within the Junior State of America, but most notably as the Southeast’s Undersecretary of Chapter Affairs, SMA chapter president, SMA chapter Vice President, and co-founder of the JSA chapter on the SMA campus. Phoenix has been a catalyst in strengthening the ties between our chapters and helping to  develop an environment for all of our members to flourish in. Through her service, Phoenix is reminded of the potential young adults like you and her have to make change in schools, communities, and even the nation. This is precisely why she decided to run to be your next Governor.

Phoenix has witnessed the immense power, strength, and hope that every one of her fellow members has exhibited through her time in JSA to institute change and act on the specifics causes they believe in. From the MAST chapter’s recent meeting with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson to the JLMS middle school chapter literally beating every highschooler and taking names, Phoenix knows that with your help and leadership she can aid in developing a state that  pushes for greater representation, rethinks departmental foundations, revitalizes fundraising,  and pushes for interstate connections while bringing the power and passion back into the hands of the Southeast.

We have the opportunity for unparalleled success and that the mission to move farther and to better ourselves will never end.

Phoenix believes that through her leadership skills inside and outside of JSA she is one of the most prepared and steadfast candidates to have the privilege in being considered for the esteemed position of governor.  Phoenix knows that the SOutheast has a window of opportunity for unparalleled success and that the mission to move farther and to better ourselves will never end.  Learn more at the website, http://phoenix16033.wixsite.com/phoenix4governor and the video at  https://youtu.be/zX9L8kU48A8. Or connect on social media at Instagram: @phoenix4governor or on Facebook: @phoenix4governor (or) https://www.facebook.com/pg/phoenix4governor/posts/.

 

Texas

Ben Scarborough

Ben Scarborough-TX.jpgEver since I attended my first meeting as a freshman, I have found a home and family within Junior State of America. As Texas’ Convention Coordinator and my school’s chapter president this year, I take pride in bringing the JSA experience to new heights and watching as students find their own place within our organization. As governor, I want to give back to the organization that has brought me so much joy; I want to bring the Texas Junior State to new levels and work to help each and every student discover the same aspects of JSA that I fell in love with years ago.

Links:
www.facebook.com/BenForTXGov/
BenForGov.weebly.com

Campaign Video:
youtu.be/_1mNbO24kng

Sreya Nalluri

Sreya Nalluri-TX.jpgHi everyone! My name is Sreya Nalluri, and I’m currently running to be the next Texas JSA Governor. I was born and I’ve been raised in Houston my whole life. In my free time, I enjoy eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, singing, and binge-watching guilty pleasure TV shows.

I joined JSA my freshman year, after I walked into my chapter’s first meeting of the year and fell absolutely in love with the organization. I’ve always been passionate and outspoken, but it wasn’t until my first convention when I understood the role that young activists can play in political and social awareness in our world. I owe my greatest friendships, my career interest, and my favorite high school memories to JSA. I decided to run for Governor because I want to make sure that each and every Texas statesperson feels they belong. The beauty of this organization is that it brings together people from completely different backgrounds and unites them through the shared love of community involvement. That is my goal as Governor: to unite the state through effective platform policy. I’m truly honored to be a candidate this year, and I’m so excited for TX JSA’s future. To learn more about Sreya’s campaign, visit sreyforgov.com or connect on social media, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sreyaforgov/?ref=bookmarks or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sreyforgov/.

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Junior Statesmen Foundation Welcomes New Trustees

Junior Statesmen Foundation Welcomes New Trustees

The Junior Statesmen Foundation is pleased to announce and welcome our three new members to the Board of Trustees, including a JSA summer school alumni and a former JSA Governor. The Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor of the Junior State of America, a nonprofit founded in 1934 that provides civic engagement and leadership programming for high school youth across the country. Joining our Trustees are Scott Bekemeyer, Karyn Dest Harrington and Jennifer Bunn Hayden. Together, they bring a wealth of experience in law, management and policy, and represent backgrounds with experience from across the country.

Scott Bekemeyer is the Chairman of PRE Diversified Holdings, an investment company which acquires and operates specialty manufacturing companies. Scott holds an A.B. and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University. Scott’s prior experience includes being Vice President of Business Development at ZipRealty and Co-Founder of Sierra Expressway, a commuter airline. Scott loves to travel and he is a former JSF trustee.

Karyn Dest Harrington is Vice President for Strategic Communications at Coca-­Cola North America. Karyn began her career as a TV reporter in both Missouri and Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and dual M.B.A. degrees from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada. She also participated in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  In addition to various SoCal JSA roles, Karyn is an alum from Georgetown Summer School 1995, Yale 1996, and was a resident advisor for two summers at the Georgetown Summer School.

Jennifer Bunn Hayden is a litigation attorney at Hueston Hennigan LLP. Jennifer began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Josephine Staton of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to law school, she was a Teach for America Corps Member in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she taught fifth grade. She holds a B.S. from the Wharton School and a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada-­Las Vegas, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Jennifer was Governor of the SoCal State and is an alum of Stanford Summer School 2000.

 

 

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SoCal JSA Debates in Spanish at Fall State LA

Students at the Spanish DebateAt Southern California JSA Fall State in Los Angeles, SoCal JSA was proud to introduce Spanish-language debates to the Junior State. A chapter presidents suggested the idea to the SoCal JSA’s Debate Department and they knew it was an important debate to have. Students from different schools in Southern California debated and discussed the effects of gentrification on urban communities. Over 130 high school students attended, and the post-convention feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

“We’re so thankful to everyone who participated in or otherwise contributed to the Spanish debate, and we look forward to continuing to hold them at future conventions!” says Patrick Aimone ’18, SoCal JSA Director of Debate.

To Ana Delgado ’17, Chapter President of Carpinteria High School, this debate had a personal meaning to her.
“Like many other students, English was not my first language. Growing up, I remember finding going back and forth between a Spanish-speaking household and an English-speaking school system difficult and confusing. I would occasionally speak Spanish to other Spanish-speaking peers, and being a part of a predominantly Hispanic school district, I didn’t see a problem with this. That is, until I was yelled at by a substitute teacher for translating English instructions to a student who only spoke Spanish. Being told “the classroom has no room for Spanish” and “we speak English here” left me scared. I stopped speaking Spanish in both the classroom and home. Since then, I have realized there is nothing wrong with embracing my two languages, and today I am proudly bilingual. When SoCal JSA held their first-ever Spanish debate– the whole thing was in Spanish! During the debate I felt empowered and reassured that Spanish does not disturb the learning environment. It isn’t a “handicap”. This Spanish debate opened a new window in which students, like myself, could express themselves. I look forward to more Spanish debates for the conventions to come.”

 

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Fall State Pricing Guide

Pricing package details for all Fall State conventions are listed below.  Note that these prices apply only to chapters that register online using MyJSA. The paper registration fee is an additional $10 per student.  There is also a late fee of $15 per person for chapters that do not complete their registration by the registration deadline.

Fall State Pricing Package Details 2017

CONVENTIONEARLY REGISTRATION PRICESREGULAR REGISTRATION PRICES
Southern California
(Los Angeles)
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Southeast
Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Northern California
Santa Clara Marriott
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 13

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Ohio River Valley
Sheraton Columbus
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 30

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Pacific Northwest
Doubletree Seattle Hotel Airport
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $200.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 30

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $225.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Mid-Atlantic
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 10

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $200.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $225.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Southern California
(Orange County)
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 17

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 31

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Texas
Sheraton Austin Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 25

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $215.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $250.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Midwest
Madison Concourse Hotel
Dec. 2 - 3, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 24

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $215.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $240.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $220.00
Arizona
Tucson Marriott University Park
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Nov. 13

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Northeast
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 31

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $210.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $320.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 7

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $250.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room: $320.00


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