Tradition and Transition: The Future of our Nation
“The job facing American voters… in the days and years to come is to determine which hearts, minds and souls command those qualities best suited to unify a country rather than further divide it, to heal the wounds of a nation as opposed to aggravate its injuries, and to secure for the next generation a legacy of choices based on informed awareness rather than one of reactions based on unknowing fear.” – Aberjhani, Illuminated Corners
At Spring State 2016, students will contend with the host of controversial subjects that have divided elected representatives and presidential candidates alike. Through debates and thought talks on issues both economic and social, domestic and international, students will weigh-in for the policies and rhetoric that have been at the center of this critical election cycle. As they engage in activities that encourage collaboration through discussion and problem-solving, students will simultaneously participate in the political process by questioning and choosing their elected student leaders for the following year. After hearing from both their peers and prominent keynote speakers, students will leave Spring State 2016 with a better understanding of democratic leadership and a broader perspective on the issues facing our nation at a crossroads. At a time when the political status quo has brought with it increasing levels of party polarization, the development of a new generation of active citizens that can debate, compromise, and think critically about far-reaching consequences is more integral than ever.
How to Register
Schools and students interested in attending these conventions need to obtain a registration packet. Links to the registration packets will be posted here soon and includes information on how to register, student permission slips, housing forms, and other important details on the convention. We encourage all chapters to register online at your MyJSA Account starting early March. For information on how online registration works, please click here.
Teachers lend guidance to students and are essential to the educational aspect of the organization. Teacher/Advisors are also responsible for supervision and enforcing school rules. Due to their commitment to better a student’s education, teacher/advisor registration is free (if they stay in a shared room with another teacher/advisor of the same gender). These conventions are a great opportunity for teachers to network with their colleagues and relax while immersing themselves in an intellectual atmosphere. A teacher/advisor must accompany each delegation to a convention.
Registration fees cover overnight hotel accommodations, educational materials, exciting seminars, and recreational activities including a dance at night. Registration fees should be collected by chapter presidents or teacher/advisors and sent to the Junior State of America offices. Registration fee packages vary by JSA state; refer to this page for descriptions of the available packages. A delegation’s fees should be paid with one inclusive check, money order, or credit card.
Four students of the same sex are housed in a room with two beds; make sure your delegates are aware of this.
In cases where a delegation has fewer than four students of one sex assigned to a room, delegates from another high school will be housed with your delegates in that room.
Elected and appointed JSA student officers (approved by the Program Director) who have been invited to come to the convention one day early and stay in a room with other JSA student officers must get the approval of their Teacher/Advisor and should be listed in their school’s delegation. List the student officers separately on the Rooming List Form and notify your Program Director via email with acknowledgment from the Teacher/Advisor.
Accommodations can be made for students or chaperones that need special arrangements due to a physical disability or handicap. Please call or email your Program Director by the registration deadline so these accommodations can be made with the hotel prior to the start of the convention.
Transportation and Meals
With the exception within certain Junior State delegations attending the Washington D.C. Congress conventions, delegates arrange their own transportation to conventions. Student-driven cars are strictly prohibited. Delegations are encouraged to form carpools with teachers/parent drivers or arrange transportation through their schools. Delegates are also on their own for meals during the convention. The Junior State of America often works with our host hotels to offer reasonably priced meals on the hotel property.
Because we have to make guarantees to the hotel far in advance of the convention, we are unable to make refunds after the registration deadline has passed. After the registration deadline, your chapter is held financially responsible for the number of delegates submitted online. JSA staff reviews and confirms the registration that is submitted and will accept the registration before an invoice is generated.
We encourage paid delegates who find themselves unable to attend to find another student from their school to go in their place and have the new delegate reimburse them for the registration fee. Each replacement student MUST submit a permission slip.