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Gell-JSA Internship

JSAers are invited to apply for the Gell Ambassador Internship.

Gell is a new and innovative social network focused on encouraging civil discourse online about issues that affect the nation. As an ambassador, you will be part of an inaugural class of interns responsible for helping to build and work with the Gell platform.  Hear from Gell’s co-founder and CEO why this internship is perfect for a JSAer.

 

The internship runs for eight weeks, starting July 1.

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2017-2018 Council of Governors

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COLIN JENSEN, MIDWEST GOVERNOR, CHAIR

Email: cjensen@jsa.org

Hi! My name is Colin Jensen and I am the 2017-2018 Midwest Governor! Having 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.  I am addicted to Netflix, as many people are, love ice cream and Starbucks, and am always up to travel. 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 entirely new, amazing way while learning a lot about myself. I am so lucky to be the next Midwest Governor, and with all the experience I have accumulated over the past three years, I am confident that I can create a better Midwest State. In this upcoming year, my visions for the State are to create an even more memorable and rewarding experience for those who are a part of JSA, and begin to capitalize on the size of our state. Therefore, for this year, expansion will be a very large focus. Expanding the state allows for more delegates to attend conventions that give more opportunity for diverse, unique discussions.  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 keep the Midwest the Midbest!

PATRICK AIMONE, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Email: paimone@jsa.org

Hello! My name is Patrick Aimone, and I’m the Governor of the Southern California Junior State. I started in JSA my freshman year as a corollary to my participation in competitive debate, but it quickly blossomed into my greatest passion and most significant commitment. I’ve served as the Southern California Director of Debate and my school’s chapter president, where I’ve worked to provide students the opportunity to explore political controversy, develop their public speaking skills, and voice their opinions. As governor, I look forward to working with cabinet and chapter presidents to build bridges between chapters and students. As the most populous JSA state, SoCal has the potential to be uniquely interconnected, and I envision a JSA that brings students together based on their ideas and passions, no matter where they live or what schools they go to. I anticipate a successful year full of invigorating debates, record-setting expansion, and engaging new activism initiatives, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes! If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact me.

THURMAN MASS, SOUTHEAST

Email: tmassa@jsa.org

Hello wonderful people of JSA. My name is Thurman Massa, your Southeast State Governor for 2017-2018. Since my freshman year, I have witnessed change and growth through this organization. Holding the positions of Chapter President, Secretary, and State Director of Expansion I have seen firsthand everything that JSA students have accomplished; and I am beyond excited to be working with everyone in JSA this year, and I hope the same applies. What makes the JSA community like no other, is all of you. Every debate, speech, bill written, and conversation I’ve had with a fellow JSAer has given me hope of the coming years; I know that when May 26th, 2018 comes around, JSA will be in great hands.  My message to you this year: no matter your age, grade, political alignment, race, gender, speaking ability, gavel debate aggression level, or any other factor, we all must be unified to one vision: Always be improving this club and this country. Conduct yourselves as if there was an interviewer watching, and blow them out of the water. What truly sweeps me off my feet about JSA students, is that we are the future, and we sure act like it. There has been a quote that has stuck with me throughout my entire JSA career and I hope it sticks with each of you: “Teenagers are a fraction of our population, but the entirety of our future.” Remember that each and every one of you represents something more than your chapter, region, or state. Remember that YOU have the power to make a difference in this world. Remember that all of you have a voice, and must make it heard. I will always be right behind the Junior State of America, my heart lies with it, and lies with all of you. Have an amazing 2017-2018 year, and welcome to the best year in JSA you’ve had so far.

KATE GROSS-WHITAKER, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Email: kgrosswhitaker@jsa.org

Hi, I’m Kate Gross-Whitaker, the 2017-2018 Northern California Governor. When 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 fall in love with this organization as much as I have. Through JSA, I’ve learned so much, not only about history and politics but about what it truly means to be a leader and to be part of a team.

Because of this, I joined JSA Cabinet and worked with my school chapter. 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 Junior year as the Governor’s Chief of Staff. Through my work on Cabinet, I’ve made some of my closest friends and been a part of an entire new community of intelligent, inspirational people. As Northern California Governor, I want to share this community with as many new people as possible, and promote educated and civilized debate and discussion of political issues. I want to create an environment where anyone is welcome to join the conversation, regardless of political beliefs. If you are interested in getting involved or starting a chapter, feel free to contact me!

NICHOLAS LIANG, PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Email: nliang@jsa.org

Hey there! My name is Nick Liang, and I’m honored to be the 2017-2018 Pacific Northwest Governor. Going into my freshman year with nothing but an open mind and a desire to fit in somewhere, JSA was my safe haven. After attending my first state convention, I was immediately hooked. I went on to apply for cabinet and landed in the Fundraising Department as a Fundraising Agent. From there, I ran my first campaign and was elected as the Greater Puget Region’s Vice Mayor. I have also previously served as my state’s Assistant Director of Chapter Internal Affairs, as well as the Chapter President of the International School of Bellevue.

After 3 years in this amazing organization, I’ve learned that what you put into JSA is what you will get out of it. From making friends with people who live thousands of miles away to broadening my perspectives and understanding the world around me, JSA has given me the experience of a lifetime and memories I will cherish forever. I’ve had the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals to help establish and strengthen my political beliefs, as well as get the chances to constantly challenge my own ideas and thoughts. Through JSA, I’ve found my voice, my confidence, and my passion for politics and debate. As Governor, I look forward to bringing the same experiences and opportunities I was lucky enough to have, to as many young people as possible. Through the empowerment of our youth, and productive, educational discourse, I believe that the future of America is bright in JSA. I’m ready for a historic year, and I hope you’ll be a part of it!

WESTON LINDNER, OHIO RIVER VALLEY

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Hello!  My name is Weston Lindner, and I am a rising senior at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio.  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.  From that moment on, I’ve been absolutely enthralled by the organization and its mission.  Through work as a Public Relations Specialist, Technology Specialist, Director of Technology, Mayor, JSA Summer School alumnus, and two-term Chapter President, I’ve seen JSA impact lives, and I’ve seen it mean many different things to many different people.  For my former Chapter President, it was about finding a career path in law and government.  For my former governor, it was about finding a voice and a place where people would listen when they wouldn’t elsewhere.  For someone else in my chapter, it was about developing public speaking skills and knowledge about current world events.  For me, it was about finding a community of people with like-minded interests where I was accepted and felt comfortable.  As Governor of the Ohio River Valley, I’m looking forward to bringing the many benefits of JSA to more people.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about the year to come and where we should be one year from now.  I envision an ORV that bring the mission of JSA to more people through expansion and improved communications with the members we already have.   I envision an ORV that strengthens the mission of JSA by not only giving students the opportunity to talk about politics and government but actually work directly in government and on campaigns.  And I envision an ORV that is truly educational, where every single person can walk out of every single JSA event and truthfully say, “I learned something today.”

 

DEREK LO, NORTHEAST

Email: dlo@jsa.org

Hi! My name is Derek Lo and I’m honored to be serving as your Northeast State Governor. I’m a rising senior 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.

My sophomore year, I served as the New England Conference Coordinator and my chapter’s convention coordinator. In the summer between my sophomore and junior year, 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. Last year, I served as a Northeast State Convention Coordinator, where I coordinated our three overnight conventions. JSA has had such an impact on me that I have gone from wanting to be a civil engineer to now planning on majoring in international affairs.

During my time as governor, I plan on working to increase transparency across the state and work to build up attendance numbers again. I will also focus on chapter retention, trying to sustain most of last year’s chapters, while also working to expand our great state. I will work to ensure that all opinions all respected at JSA events and that people have a place for their voice to be heard. I’m excited for a jam-packed year of JSA and I hope you are as well! Please feel to reach out if you are interested in starting a JSA chapter or if you are looking to get more involved in this incredible organization. I can’t wait to talk to you!

 YESENIA MONTES

Email: ymontes@jsa.org

Hey! My name is Yesenia Montes, and I’m the Arizona State Governor. I joined JSA the start of my sophomore year after many contemplations and an indecisive eager to join. However, little did I know the transformation this organization would have on me. I’ve seen hundreds of students, like myself, be positively changed by JSA. Whether it’s being able to passionately debate the issue they hold most dear and voice their opinion, to developing leadership skills, to finding a place to call home, JSA has played a crucial role in developing young individuals into civically sharpened minds ready to make change happen, whether that’d be through being an active citizen to the leaders of tomorrow.

Having been a Convention Coordinator, a Georgetown Summer School Alumna, and had dedicated most of my JSA career in Fundraising for the largest chapter in Arizona, I knew I now held the skills set to realize the vision JSAZ envisioned. In the year ahead of us, JSAZ will strive to empower each individual member – to offer all the tools available for members to attend summer programs and conventions, feel confident enough to break the barrier of anxiety that comes with public speaking. Expand into uncharted territory and give those students the chance to experience the life-changing opportunities offered by JSA while retaining and building strong, enduring chapters. As well as having a successful fundraising year along with many activism initiatives that involve our members with their communities. I look forward to this year with excitement and anticipation, and if you are interested in getting involved or starting a chapter, feel free to contact me!

 ARIEL RAKOVITSKY, MID-ATLANTIC

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I 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 organization for improvement.

Becoming a junior statesman 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 Junior State 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.

BEN SCARBOROUGH, TEXAS

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Ever since I attended my first meeting as a freshman, I have found a home and family within the Junior State of America. Having served in the student leadership as both a chapter president and as Texas JSA’s convention coordinator, I have taken pride in bringing the JSA experience to new heights and watching as students find their own place within our organization. My biggest theme for Texas JSA as governor this year will be growth. That means more chapters, higher convention attendance, more ambitious fundraising goals, and a revitalization of the spirit of the Texas Junior State. This year will be a game changer, and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds!

 

 

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JSA Invites Alumni to Refresher at Stanford

JSA Invites Alumni to Refresher at Stanford

Reconnect with fellow Junior State of America Alumni at Stanford University on Sunday, July 9. Meet and network with bright, successful people who share your passion for civic participation and healthy dialogue. Explore how to apply your JSA training in the current political climate.

Relive your JSA days. Hear a thought-provoking talk on “The Future of Political Parties,” and join the conversation that follows. Jump into or watch an Alumni/Student Team Debate. Enjoy lunch with 2017 JSA Summer School students. Re-engage with classmates, and meet new friends.

Refresh your connection with the Junior State of America. Explore with JSA alumni, staff, and board how JSA and JSA Alumni can rise to meet the challenge of these turbulent times. Sharpen your skills and refine your thinking in provocative sessions and conversations.

WHAT: JSA Alumni Reunion/Refresher

WHEN: Sunday, July 9   | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE: Stanford University Campus

HOW: $25, including lunch. (No one turned away for lack of funds, please email: alumni@jsa.org.)

REGISTER TODAY! SPACE IS LIMITED AND WE EXPECT TO FILL UP QUICKLY.

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National Cabinet Applications Available

National Cabinet Applications Available

The 2017-2018 Council of Governors is accepting applications for the National Cabinet. The Council is seeking ambitious, committed and energetic JSA members willing to work and take JSA to the next level. Serving on the National Cabinet is one of the most rewarding experiences in JSA. If you are interested in applying, click on National Cabinet Application – Final. The Council is seeking the following positions:

  • National Chief of Staff
  • National Director of Debate
  • National Director of Public Relations
  • National Director of Activism
  • National Director of Fight Apathy
  • National Director of Overseas Outreach
  • National Director of Technology
  • National Director of Summer School
  • National Director of Fundraising

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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: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

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

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Northern California
Santa Clara Marriott
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

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

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

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

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Mid-Atlantic
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

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

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

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

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

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

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA


Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA


Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Arizona
Tucson Marriott University Park
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Northeast
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA


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