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Council of Govs Review & Set Goals for Remaining School Year

The 2017-2018 Junior State of America (JSA) Council of Governors assembled in Washington, DC recently for their third and final in-person meeting. Among the weekend’s agenda were JSA national initiatives, setting new goals and evaluation of projects launched at the beginning of the school year. Discussions included expansion, fundraising, chapter retention and leadership training.

CoGMeeting2018The Council focused on broad goals and how the various states can collaborate to accomplish national projects. For example, JSA chapters around the country will host watch parties and other events surrounding the annual State of the Union address at the end of January. State leadership is working to track attendance, engagement, and overall turnout for this event. The Council also discussed fundraising setting an ambitious goal of $140,000 through the end of the year and ways to improve the means by which this money is collected – raising money will be made easier by streamlining the process of donating via check. The overall process is expected to become easier, simpler, and more efficient.

The governors also brainstormed approaches to start and launch new JSA chapters and set a grand total of 450 chapters by the end of the year, with a 10% increase in chapters in schools that currently do not have JSA Chapters and to increase diversity within JSA. Among the new tactics proposed by the governors are an improved online presence, increased participation in community events, and partnerships with school districts.

The Council also reviewed its newest initiative, the Junior State Salute, a project that resulted in members writing 4,000 individual letters to military servicemen and veterans. The total surpassed the original goal of 2,000 letters and inspired the Council to increase activism programs that make this organization so unique.

In addition, the governors discussed JSA summer school attendance, convention debate styles, the JSApp and its effectiveness, chapter affairs, and the work of the national cabinet at length. As Arizona governor Yesenia Montes put it, “A weekend encompassing comprehensive discussions and leadership activities resulted in a highly collaborative and communicative CoG; it was an overall very productive weekend that produced tangible ideas.”

The governors left Washington, D.C. rejuvenated, full of determination and ambition, ready to tackle the high-reaching projects discussed and proposed. Without a doubt, it was a productive and fruitful week for the Council of Governors, who will work tirelessly for the Junior State of America and its members throughout the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year.

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January Debate of the Month: Net Neutrality

January Debate of the Month: Net Neutrality

Resolved, repealing provisions protecting Net Neutrality halts governmental protection of civil liberties

 

On December 14th, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lead by Commissioner Ajit Pai repealed provisions that protected net neutrality. As you explore this topic, it is important to understand what is Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the Internet has always worked.  Repealing Net Neutrality gives ISPs the ability to discriminate against certain online service providers and will have a wide scale effect on the American public as roughly 80% of the American population uses the Internet. If this is a service used by well over a majority of the country, does the government have the ability to stop the regulation of a form of commerce that is seemingly interstate? Is repealing Net Neutrality giving ISPs the ability to stop consumers from freely expressing themselves, pursuing happiness or securing property by limiting full access to the Internet? Case law has shown that freedom of expression is the most fundamental right. With something so basic at risk, how is repealing Net Neutrality changing the way you and millions of Americans live?

Pro:

  • Since cable operators allow for the transmittal of speech, they must protect the speech and press liberties of the First Amendment.

  • Since the government has “editorial control,” ISPs are not entitled to restrict newspapers and forms of press, content and advertisements.

  • The ability of ISPs to restrict content allows them to violate the preferred freedoms doctrine.

 

Con:

  • Services provided by ISPs are owned by different providers, therefore people are not entitled to free distribution of their services.

  • Civil Liberties are not bound by the use of the Internet. Since networks on the Internet are commodities, if people want use the Internet to vocalize free expression, property, and the pursuit of happiness, they can be subject to restrictions to utilize services that allow them to do this.

  • Civil liberties allow for protection from states and the federal government. Since ISPs are not governmental entities, there is nothing that can mandate that ISPs have to protect civil liberties.

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Thought Talk: Should Allegations Against Elected Officials Warrant Resignation?

Thought Talk: Should Allegations Against Elected Officials Warrant Resignation?

In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  released a comprehensive study of workplace harassment in the United States, which concluded that “anywhere from 25% to 85% of women report having experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.” It’s a strikingly wide gap, but a statistic that is very substantial even in its most conservative estimate — statistically predicting that one in four women are affected by workplace sexual harassment. In October 2016, an Access Hollywood video was released with a recording of then-candidate Donald Trump bragging about how he could sexually assault women and face no repercussions. Although the rhetoric was chalked up to “locker room talk”, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of allegations against elected men on both sides of the aisle. In recent months, political figures like Roy Moore, Sen. Al Franken, and Rep John Conyers have been at the forefront of this controversy. The “me too” movement has encouraged more and more women to come forward about their experiences ending 2017 with Time magazine naming the “Silence Breakers” as the Persons of the Year. However, as many of these accusations have occurred too far in the past to be brought to court due to the statute of limitations, they will not be formally investigated or taken to court to provide the individuals who have come forward and the public with a clear verdict. But the change in perceptions has forever altered the careers of these politicians and even forced some to resign from office. Should the mere allegations against elected officials warrant their immediate resignation?

Points to consider:

  • In many cases, sponsors contribute to campaigns of these elected officials. How are their refusal to fund campaigns of elected officials with sexual assault charges changing the perception of other party beneficiaries?

  • What is the appropriate course of action for allegations?

  • Are these elected officials ever able to redeem themselves in the public eye?

  • Is this an issue that is just garnering media attraction and not invoking change to amend the problem?

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NE Fall State Best Speakers

The Northeast was one of two JSA states concluding our Fall State conventions over the weekend (Dec 9-10). The NE distributed several Best Speaker gavels to students who demonstrated strong and effective public speaking and debate skills. Below is a list of the 2017 Best Speaker winners.

Aya Abdallah, Ossining High School

Julia Applebaum, Cambridge School of Weston

Stephen Bartell, New Rochelle High School

Anirudh Balasubramanian, Westford Academy

Anthony Benitez, Prospect Hill Academy

Ruth Boehling, Ossining High School

Jacob Branhut, Ossining High School

Alex Bulanov, Gann Academy

Lee Cohen, Westlake High School

Jessica Coulombe, Medfield High School

Nassani Danvers, Bronx Community College Upward Bound

Theo Dillon, Cambridge School of Weston

Yasmin Beasmiman, Prospect Hill Academy

Amechi Egbunike, Prospect Hill Academy

Nina Foster, Ossining High School

Annie Giman, High School for Math, Science and Engineering

Nina Gilmore, Canton High School

Meicha Hall, Francis Lewis High School

Rachel Hart, Staples High School

Sarah Hoffman, Ossining High School

Addy Hogue, Staples High School

Anisha Jain, Amity High School

Paul Johnson, Amity High School

Alex Kasel, John Jay High School

Olivia Kelly, New Rochelle High School

Albert Kwon, Cheshire High School

Sarah Lawal, Bronx Community College Upward Bound

Shir Levy, Francis Lewis High School

Melanie Lust, Staples High School

Ella Marin, Amity High School

Emily Meng, Wellesley High School

Colin Messinger, Canton High School

Addison Mirliani, Canton High School

Rob Musial, Westlake High School

Lauren Newton, Cheshire High School

Joe Nedder, The Rivers School

Chris Panzerella, Westlake High School

Charles Panzarella, Westlake High School

Samuel Pekats, New Rochelle High School

Elijah Pomeratz, New Rochelle High School

Caroline Reed, Ossining High School

Sean Roach, Cheshire High School

Lexi Rudley, Ossining High School

Peter Savelyev, Amity High School

Corey Scheinfeld, New Rochelle High School

Tejas Shan, Ossining High School

Steven Solar, New Rochelle High School

Daniel Song, Wellesley High School

Zane Synder, New Rochelle High School

Louis Toberlsky, Horace Mann School

Annette Valdouin, Prospect Hill Academy

Jenny Wang, Cheshire High School

Daniel Westphal, Staples High School

 

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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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