The Junior State of America (JSA) is pleased to announce that the winner of the fifth annual National Civic Impact Award is John Burroughs High School’s JSA Chapter from Burbank, California. The award recognizes the JSA chapter that has had the biggest impact on increasing the level of civic awareness and engagement at their school. Burroughs was chosen from among finalists from throughout the country, all of which had won the “Chapter of the Year Award” in their respective JSA State or Territory. The Bergen County Academies in New Jersey and Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona followed closely in the balloting.
“It’s great to find out that Burroughs won the National Civic Impact Award. There were so many deserving JSA chapters dedicated to helping better the lives of those around them, and we cannot be more thrilled with the outcome,” commented senior Alex Villalpando, the chapter president, upon learning about the award. He went on to say, “The Junior Statesmen Foundation has done so much to help all of the JSA chapters, and we’re grateful for all of the support that they continue to give through awards like this that help JSA members across the nation.”
In winning the award, the Burroughs chapter will receive a $2,000 grant to the chapter in order to continue their civic engagement programs in the upcoming year, a $500 stipend reward to the chapter’s Teacher/Advisor and a plaque that can be displayed in the school’s award case.
David Knatcal, Burroughs’ JSA Teacher/Advisor, said, “I am continually impressed with the dedication and ability of the young men and women of Burroughs JSA. Never once have they said ‘someone should do something.’ They have always just done. I am proud to be working with today’s JSA leaders as they make their way to be tomorrow’s world leaders.
The other winners of the state Chapter of the Year Awards were: Bergen County Academies from Hackensack, NJ; Colfax High from Colfax, CA; Corona del Mar High School from Corona del Mar, CA; Galway High School from Galway, NY; International School from Bellevue, WA; Kofa High School from Yuma, AZ; Mooresville High School from Mooresville, IN; and Union Local High School from Belmont, OH, Garfield High School from Seattle, WA and St. Mary’s Hall from San Antonio, TX.