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For One JSA Alum, Third Time’s the Charm

For One JSA Alum, Third Time’s the Charm

U.S. Representative Mark Takano took students on the House floor Tuesday morning to share with them how a third time running for Congress in 2012 proved to be successful.

High school students from across the country participating in the Junior State of America’s Georgetown Summer Program heard from Rep. Takano, a Democrat serving in the 41st District in California, who became the first openly gay minority to be elected to Congress. Takano told students about being able to successfully run a campaign to win a district that had historically been known as a suburban conservative area.

When asked about his unusual pathway in getting to Congress, Rep. Takano credited the way participating in JSA ignited a spark inside of him.

Sen. Harry Reid and JSA student

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid with a JSA student constituent.

“Being a part of Junior Statesmen gave me a passion for helping others,” said Takano.

Rep. Takano mentioned how becoming aware and involved about the world around him motivated him to keep pushing to better his community. This led Takano to become a school teacher for several years instead of going to law school, where he could help local students ignite their own sparks.

Where Rep. Takano admits that persevering through three campaign seasons before ultimately winning a seat was a long and difficult process, Takano attributes his passion for helping others that started back in his days of participating in JSA as the fuel that kept him going.

Today Rep. Takano takes that passion to work on advancing local priorities, focusing on working with the Veterans’ Affairs and Education and Workforce Committees.

The Iran Negotiation came to an agreement while students were on Capitol Hill and students were able to ask Rep. Takano his thoughts on the topic. Takano felt positively that an agreement was able to be reached and was looking forward to being able to learn more of the details of the agreement.

Erik Huey, Entertainment Software Association Senior VP of Government Affairs

Erik Huey, Entertainment Software Association Senior VP of Government Affairs

One student, Gurneel Boparai, had the opportunity to spend some extra time with Rep. Takano seeing what a normal day is like for a Congressman and chatting about key issues that Takano works on.

“Joining Representative Takano was a huge honor,” said Boparai. “Being a practicing Sikh, I look up to him as an inspiration for those like me who come from unique backgrounds, proving that we too can receive the honor of serving our nation.”

All students with the program were able to take their enthusiasm from the early morning meeting with Rep. Takano and then spend the rest of their day exploring Capitol Hill and participating in a special program with iCivics, an initiative to increase civic engagement among youth founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Students had the opportunity to meet with their own Senators and Members of Congress.

[Featured Photo; top: Rep. Mark Takano, and a JSA student. © 2015, JSA]

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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: Sept. 26

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

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
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: Nov. 8

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Arizona
Tucson Marriott University Park
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Nov. 8

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. 27

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00

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: Nov. 8

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 27

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00


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