Posted on August 30, 2016.
National Chief of Staff: Karl Meakin
Karl is a senior at Cheshire High School in Cheshire, Connecticut. He is incredibly excited to serve as National Chief of Staff for the upcoming year. Karl has been involved in JSA since Winter Congress 2014, and in the past few years has served as the Cheshire High School Chapter President and Northeast State Chief of Staff. He also attended the Montezuma Leadership Conference in 2015. Karl loves JSA for its ability to empower students to speak their minds and become politically involved, as well as the opportunity it provides for him to meet engaged and thoughtful JSA-ers from across the country.
Outside of JSA, Karl is involved in Model United Nations, Young Democrats, and Student Government. He’s also involved in climate and social justice activism with several New Haven, CT based organizations. He can’t wait to work with the inspiring individuals on National Cabinet and the Council of Governors this year!
National Director of Debate: Ian Baucke
Ian Baucke is a senior from Santa Barbara, California and has been involved in JSA since the beginning of his freshman year. He was previously on Regional Cabinet and the Mayor of the Channel Islands Region in Southern California JSA – this year, Ian will serve as JSA's National Director of Debate and is very excited to work on improving the debate component of JSA. Ian is also a serving his third term as Chapter President for his school, San Marcos High. Ian has graduated from three JSA summer programs at Georgetown University, the JSA Institute for Leadership and Politics at UC Davis, the Gene A. Burd Institute on Los Angeles Media & Politics at UCLA, and JSA’s Montezuma Leadership Conference.
Ian’s passion is politics and in addition to JSA he works on local political campaigns and is involved in his school’s Model United Nations, Young America’s Foundation, Journalism, and LINK Leader programs. Ian is humbled and excited by the opportunity he has to help foster a more civically engaged youth through JSA's debates. He feels confident that this year in JSA will be a successful one and he is very grateful that he has the opportunity to work with rest of the National Cabinet and the Council of Governors in order to create that success.
National Director of Activism: Anna Prisco
Anna Prisco is a senior at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey. She has been involved with the Junior State for the last three years and has previously served as both Mid-Atlantic Chief of Staff and President of the Bergen County Academies JSA chapter. The summer prior to her junior year she attended the Montezuma Leadership Conference and studied Constitutional Law at JSA Summer School at Georgetown. This year, she hopes that through her role as National Director of Activism she can help educate students on the value of civics and the role of government. She believes that activism is the quintessence of JSA and is excited to work with statesmen and stateswomen all over the country to plan and promote activism initiatives.
Outside of JSA, she competes on her school’s varsity debate team and co-leads The Academy Global, a student-run political publication. She is excited to have to opportunity to serve on National Cabinet and is looking forward to a great year.
National Director of Fight Apathy: Caroline Cai
Caroline Cai is a senior at Santa Margarita High School in Southern California. Her dedication to JSA comes from the fact that it helped her realize her undying passion for social justice and inspired her to get involved in activism. Having previously worked on the Fight Apathy campaign as a state director of political activism, she is eager to engage even more young people in the political conversation and spark a genuine interest in the issues pertaining to social and political justice. Along with being the National Director of Fight Apathy, Caroline will also serve Santa Margarita's Co- Chapter President.
Outside of JSA, Caroline enjoys participating in Mock Trial, serving as a district director for the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, rescuing dogs, reading poetry, listening to music, and has competed in World’s Quest academic and ethics bowls. Among her greatest idols are Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Beyoncé Knowles. She cannot contain her excitement for what the upcoming year in JSA and Fight Apathy will bring!
National Director of Overseas Outreach: Abhay Ram
Coming into his freshman year, Abhay had no clue that an organization called JSA even existed. After hearing about it the second week of school and attending a few meetings he realized JSA was an exciting club. After attending conventions and having the honor to serve as a Chapter Internal Affairs Agent and Chief of Staff for the Midwest State, he realized JSA was a comforting and loving family and community. Now, as as he begins his fourth and final year in JSA, he is ready to take on his new role as National Director of Overseas Outreach. Through holding several positions withing JSA he has realized that this organization is a lifestyle that has become second nature to him. Abhay has JSA to thank for his vastly improved communication skills, his more objective and realistic outlook on life, and a community of friends and mentors from across the country that he can reach out to easily.
When not doing JSA work he can be seen singing in his school choir or driving 30 minutes from his house to catch a couple of Pikachus. He is eternally grateful to the experiences JSA has provided him and is excited for what looks to be a great year on a Midwest State and National JSA level!
National Director of Fundraising: Shehryar Khursheed
Shehryar Khursheed is a senior at IDEA Quest College Preparatory High School from McAllen, Texas. He joined the Junior State of America his freshman year. Previously, he has served as an Expansion Agent for the Rio Grande County and is currently the Vice-President of his JSA chapter. He attended the Montezuma Leadership Conference in 2015 as well as the JSA Summer Institute at Princeton University. Coming from a smaller chapter without many resources, Shehryar firmly believes in the power of fundraising to make JSA an affordable experience for every member. He hopes to further old initiatives as well as implement new ones to ensure that JSA'ers can experience all JSA has to offer. In addition, he hopes that by facilitating successful state and chapter fundraising campaigns he will enable JSA to host programs that are available to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
Outside of the Junior State, Shehryar manages his own investment company, runs his own corporate blog, is president of his school's Future Business Leaders of America chapter and is a member of his school's powerlifting team. In his spare time, he is an avid chess player, an obsessive reader and workout enthusiast.
National Director of Technology: Saharsh Agrawal
Saharsh Agrawal is a third year JSA member and senior at C. Leon King High School in Tampa, Florida. He has been active in his chapter’s JSA and recently became his region’s Chief Technology Officer. He is now the National Director of Technology for JSA. Saharsh is Java OOP certified and recently worked at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Integrated Mathematics Oncology program where he became proficient in MATLAB programming and used it to model tumor growth to develop more effective therapeutic protocols to combat cancer.
Saharsh is also an ardent Model United Nations debater, FBLA competitor, and violinist in his school’s Orchestra. Along with technology, he loves the idea of entrepreneurship and has started a DECA chapter at his high school. In his spare time, Saharsh loves to play table tennis and basketball. Through his position, Saharsh hopes to increase the utility of existing JSA apps and the JSA website in order to make information easier to obtain.
National Director of Public Relations: Sara Reed
Sara Reed is a student at Skyline High School in Washington State. Sara joined JSA her freshman year and became a staff photographer on Pacific Northwest Cabinet her sophomore year. During her junior year, she served as Pacific Northwest Director of Publicity and Skyline High School JSA Chapter President. As Skyline President, Sara brought record convention attendance levels for her school, raising their Fall State attendance by over 450% from the last year. In the past, she studied AP U.S Government at Georgetown University and attended the Montezuma Leadership Conference.
In her spare time, she runs a small photography business for portrait images and enjoys alternative-style music. Sara is looking forward to increasing JSA’s social media presence and increasing accessibility to promotional tools nationwide.