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JSA Hosts Successful Winter Congress

This past February, JSA student leaders hosted six successful Winter Congress conventions across the nation, beginning with conventions in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest and ending with conventions in Southern California and Northeast.  Winter Congress 2017 brought together nearly 4,000 students across 17 states for this congressional simulation.

JSA students highly anticipate Winter Congress because of its immersive, engaging format, which differs from that of traditional debates. Instead of pondering riveting resolutions prepared by student leadership, delegates debate controversial bills written by the delegates themselves. In this way, Winter Congress uniquely places control of the debates into the hands of the students themselves, which can make for some incredibly exciting moments in discussion and argumentation. Put simply, Winter Congress is a convention by the students, of the students, for the students.

Bills written by students cover a wide variety of topics – everything from renewable energy to space exploration to free trade to social justice. Once they’re submitted, they’re debated at the convention, and if the bill writers are able to make their case, they’re fortunate enough to see their bill pass through two intense sessions of debate. Below is a list of some of the more popular bills that passed at several of our Congress conventions.

  • A Bill to Implement Paid Parental Leave
  • A Bill to Reform Health Education in Public High Schools
  • A Bill to Remove the Luxury Tax on All Feminine Hygiene Products
  • A Bill to Remove Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws for Nonviolent Drug Offenses
  • A Constitutional Amendment to Establish Equal Representation for American Citizens Residing in U.S. Territories
  • A Bill to Increase Government Funding for Energy Research
  • A Bill to Reform the Immigration System

JSA also congratulates those students who were named as Best Speaker in their Winter Congress. This distinction is given to those students whose speeches held the most significance in their respective committees. To view the full list of best speakers from all Winter Congress conventions, click here.

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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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2016-2017 National Cabinet Announced

National Chief of Staff: Karl Meakin

KarlKarl 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

IanIan 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

AnnaAnna 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

CarolineCaroline 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

AbhayComing 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

ShehryarShehryar 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

SaharshSaharsh 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

SaraSara 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.

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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 2016

CONVENTIONEARLY REGISTRATION PRICESREGULAR REGISTRATION PRICES
Southern California
(Los Angeles)
Oct. 29 - 30, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 12 – Sept. 25

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $145

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Standard Registration Period: Sept. 26 – Oct. 13

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Northern California
Santa Clara Marriott
Nov. 12 - 13, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26 – Oct. 9

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $145

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 10 – Oct. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Pacific Northwest
Doubletree Seattle Hotel Airport
Nov. 12 - 13, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26 – Oct. 9

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $135
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 10 – Oct. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $225

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Southeast
DoubleTree Sawgrass Mills
Nov. 12 - 13, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26 – Oct. 9

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $145
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $195

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $115
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $230
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 10 – Oct. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $235

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $115
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $230
Arizona
Tucson Marriott University Park
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $155
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $205

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $220
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $215

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $220
Mid-Atlantic
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $135
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $225

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Midwest
Madison Concourse Hotel
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $135
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $185


Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $225


Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Ohio River Valley
Cincinnati Marriott North
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $135
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $225

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Southern California
(Orange County)
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $145

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Oct. 26

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Texas
Sheraton Austin Hotel
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $160
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $210

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $320
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Nov. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $250

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $320
Northeast
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Dec. 10 - 11, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 24 – Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $215

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $320
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 7 – Nov. 23

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $250

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $320


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