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Future Leaders Gather at the Birthplace of JSA

Future Leaders Gather at the Birthplace of JSA

During the weekend of August 12-14, 2016, fifty JSA student leaders and six teacher advisors from across the country joined together in Los Gatos, California to deepen their understanding of JSA and soak in the mission of its founder, Professor Rogers, and hone their leadership skills. Having been invited by the governors and program directors, attendees of this year’s Montezuma Leadership Conference entered the weekend prepared to learn and headed home with a widened perspective and invigorated passion.

The Montezuma Leadership Conference opened with background and history of JSA and the mission of Professor Rogers. Student leaders and teachers began to understand the roots of the organization so close to their hearts and appreciate the legacy of Prof Rogers passed into their hands. Attendees then toured the campus of what was originally The Montezuma Ranch School for Boys and continued to acquire knowledge of the organization’s beginnings. They forged a connection with these beginnings as they gazed up into the enclosure of towering Redwoods and planted their feet on the wooden stage on which the graduates of the original school for boys once stood. Olivia Vladyka, Montezuma attendee from Rochelle Park, NJ, shares, “I had an amazing time at the Montezuma leadership summit. I made great new friends and learned that being a leader is about creating a positive JSA atmosphere on cabinet and within the chapters. Giving the graduation speech that Sunday was an experience I will never forget.”

IMG_2583In the location where JSA began, students learned what it takes to be a student leader in the organization, through detailed and engaging workshops on topics such as civic activism & engagement, communication, fundraising, and how to strengthen chapters. Students also had time to get to know each other through various team-building and leadership activities, which allowed them to forge better relationships with each other. Speaking to the knowledge he learned during workshops, Jonathan Johnson, another Montezuma attendee from Washington, said, “It was a perfect blend of education and entertainment. I saw and met lots of new people, and my view of this organization grew immensely as a result. I now have a greater respect for our history, as well as a more accurate picture of how we can better shape our future.” Prior to the conference, students were asked to research a local/state/national problem and come to the conference ready to discuss the issue and probable solutions. Some of the subjects covered in the solution session were the death penalty, deforestation in South Africa, infant mortality in Columbus, Ohio, and voter turnout in the U.S.

On Day Two of the Montezuma Leadership Summit, students had the privilege of listening to guest speaker, Janice Rutherford: a JSA alum, activist and a role model. Janice shared the story of her journey into politics – which began with her participation in the Junior State of America – and her current work as one of the five San Bernardino County Supervisors, a position which she has held for the past 6 years. During the Summit, relationships were built and friendships strengthened. Students learned from the wisdom, aspirations, and passions of their peers. What attendees of the Montezuma Leadership Summit 2016 have gained from their experiences will be carried back to and shared with their local JSA communities, at the state, regional, and chapter level.

IMG_2771Although Montezuma 2016 graduates live in states across the map, the leaders will continue to support one another and work as a team to raise the national non-profit organization to new heights. They are prepared to act as leaders and statesmen/stateswomen in their JSA communities, and to carry what they have learned into all aspects of their lives to be the best people they can be. Governor of Texas JSA, Ajay Singh, shares, “I had the honor and pleasure of planning and coordinating the Montezuma Leadership Summit this past year. Montezuma is truly a transformative experience for the students that attend. Students learn about the history of the Junior State of America at its birthplace in the Montezuma Mountain School; but more importantly, they form strong connections with fellow passionate stateswomen and statesmen from across the country – an experience that allows students to not only broaden their perspectives on political issues, but also exchange ideas on how to revitalize and improve JSA across all states. Montezuma is where many of the strongest, most dedicated JSA leaders have found their passion for the democratic ideals and free-flow of ideas that JSA promotes, and have gone on to become governors of their respective states, as well as leaders in the real world decades later. Montezuma is so important to ensuring that the original message and vision of JSA and of Prof Rogers is not lost.”

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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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Fight Apathy Campaign 2016 A Huge Success

Fight Apathy Campaign 2016 A Huge Success

Engaging, passionate, motivating, and inspiring. These are just some of words were used by Fight Apathy campaign hosts to describe their experience with JSA’s Fight Apathy Campaign this year. With 160,000 students in 300+ schools across 32 states participating in the campaign, the impact on America's youth was significant and the largest campaign yet. Fight Apathy 2016 was astoundingly successful by the numbers, but even more so by the stories. The Fight Apathy campaign was started at one JSA chapter four years ago and has become a large nationwide initiative for JSA chapters since.

Sara Reed, student campaign organizer and Senior at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington states, "The Fight Apathy campaign at Skyline high school was incredibly successful. We had over 1,500 students actively participating and voicing their beliefs. The commons were covered in streamers and the classrooms covered with engaging political discussion. Overall, the campaign was an amazing event we can not wait to continue next year!"

This year's Fight Apathy campaign season saw more innovation than ever before. Not only was the campaign being held in elementary and middle schools for the first time, but it was also co-hosted by several different organizations within schools. Fight Apathy reached beyond JSA in new and exciting ways. Students from activism clubs rallying for causes such as poverty relief, feminism, and human rights all hosted the Fight Apathy campaign in their schools this year. These students stated that the Fight Apathy campaign was fulfilling and engaging for students in their school.

Positive feedback continues to prove that Fight Apathy is a worthwhile, effective, and meaningful campaign for ending the stigma that millennials are an apathetic generation. The sticker campaign that started with a single school has turned into a huge event nationwide for the Junior State of America and the future of America.

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Meet the New Governors for 2016-17

Meet the New Governors for 2016-17

Ciana Cronin – Arizona Junior State

AZ-Ciana CroninCiana Cronin is a senior at University High School in Tucson, Arizona. The summer before her sophomore year, she was offered a full scholarship to the JSAZ Arizona Institute on Leadership and Politics. It was there that she first became introduced to JSA: a community unlike any other she had ever experienced, where freedom of expression and fostering of leadership were not only admired but also sought after. She never looked back. The next year she attended JSAZ Institute again and furthered her passion for JSA by attending Georgetown Summer School. While there, she studied Constitutional Law and met passionate JSAers from all over the nation who inspired her to want to grow and create larger JSA culture in Arizona. That same year she also attended the JSA Montezuma Leadership Summit, Southern California Winter Congress, and held the position of Director of Debate for JSAZ. It was through those experiences that she learned of the complexities of JSA’s cabinet structure and found that her place in JSA was truly at the forefront of leadership. Ciana is known amongst the Arizona JSA-ers as their JSA ‘mom’ and she is proud to be leading Arizona into another year of expansion, progress, and success.

Outside of JSA, Ciana is a working artist who specializes in commissions and henna tattoos. She also works as a waitress, baker, and cater-waiter. When not painting or working, she extends her love for civics and community engagement by acting as an officer in her schools district’s Superintendent Student Advisory Council, an ambassador for her high school, a delegate in her school’s Model United Nations, and an intern for several local congressional and regional campaigns. She is also an alumna of the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Association.

Rohan Marwaha – Mid-Atlantic Junior State

MA-Rohan MarwahaRohan Marwaha is a rising senior at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies. An avid debater, Rohan joined the Junior State of America his freshman year and immediately fell in love with the organization. Since then, Rohan has enjoyed spending his weekends at JSA conferences amongst passionate and intelligent students from across the Mid-Atlantic State. During his sophomore year, Rohan served as the New Jersey Region Director of Public Relations. As part of his role, he secured guest speakers like Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. for New Jersey Regional events. Rohan wanted to allow JSA-ers to have the opportunity to open dialogue with individuals who play a part in determining this nation’s laws.

A graduate of the Montezuma Leadership Institute, Rohan served as the Mid-Atlantic State Director of Expansion during this past year. Leading the largest department on the Mid-Atlantic State Cabinet, Rohan has had a wonderful year. He is happy to report that with record-breaking expansion numbers, convention attendance is growing at an exponential rate. He hopes to see continued expansion into the coming year.

To Rohan, nothing is more valuable than the experience that statesmen and stateswomen have as a part of the Junior State of America. As a chapter president and a cabinet member, Rohan has always operated with the intention of ensuring that every member has the best possible experience with this organization. He plans to lead the Mid-Atlantic State with this mindset.

Outside of JSA, Rohan is very active student and citizen. He serves as the Vice-President of his township’s youth leadership council, the Vice-President of the Model United Nations Club, the Social Media Chair of his township’s Young Democrats organization, the team captain of a nationally ranked Technology Students Association TEAMS contest team, a District Director for the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, and he is a recipient of his township’s Mayor’s Youth Award.

Rohan is honored to be serving the people of the Mid-Atlantic State. He looks forward to ensuring that every JSAer has the best possible JSA experience.

Janani Kalyan – Midwest Junior State

MW-Janani KalyanJanani Kalyan is a rising senior at Neuqua Valley High School and a member of the District 204 JSA chapter in Naperville, Illinois. When she joined JSA as a freshman, Janani was astounded not only by the passionate discussions and eloquent speakers she found herself amidst, but also by the truly welcoming atmosphere JSA offered. She is confident that the freshman who walked into Spring State that April is not the same person who stands here today. JSA has helped Janani form more educated opinions, forge some of her strongest friendships, and become a better speaker, listener, leader, and stateswoman.

Coming out of Spring State 2014 eager to get involved with Midwest Leadership, Janani was thrilled to be selected as a Debate Agent her sophomore year. She also attended the Montezuma Leadership Summit the following summer, served as a District 204 Chapter Officer Executive, and was the Midwest Lieutenant Governor’s Chief of Staff her junior year. Janani will also be attending JSA Summer School at Georgetown in the summer of 2016.

Outside of JSA, Janani is heavily involved in music, singing in various choirs, and playing the classical Indian flute. She also captains her Science Olympiad team, plays tennis, interns on a congressional campaign, and serves on the Naperville City Council. Additionally, she volunteers regularly through her school’s Music and Chinese Honor Societies and their Physical Education Leadership program. In her free time, she can be found jamming on her ukulele and perfecting the art of waffle-making.

Janani is humbled to serve both a state and an organization she so strongly believes in; she can’t wait to make the Midwest its best as Governor next year.

Kiran Prasad – Northern California Junior State

NC-Kiran PrasadSurprisingly, Kiran Prasad actively avoided JSA his freshman year. This was mostly because of his “uncool” older brother who was deeply involved in JSA before graduating. Despite his best efforts to avoid the organization, the constant peer pressure of the upperclassmen finally broke him. While at his first Fall State Convention his sophomore year, Kiran’s initial illusion of JSA lifted to reveal a group of educated, aware, politically active students. Amazed that such a group existed and that so many students were so deeply involved in JSA, he was inspired to delve deeper into the organization.

In the spring of 2015, he ran for and was elected Senator of the East Bay Region. After attending the Montezuma Leadership Summit in Los Gatos, he worked closely with the other Senators to rewrite the multiple processes within the Northern California Constitution.

Besides JSA, Kiran participates as a Pre-Trial Attorney on Mock Trial, plays the both the Tenor and Concert ukulele, and listens to all types of music (except country and heavy metal). Kiran will be a senior at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, California. As NorCal Governor, Kiran plans to increase both convention numbers and quality, but recognizes the need to engage members weekly on a chapter level.

Kamran Parsa – Northeast Junior State

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Kamran Parsa is the current Northeast State Governor, and goes to school at Staten Island Technical High School in New York.

Before he became governor, he was the Convention Coordinator and Director of Activities for the Northeast State, and was the Chapter President for his school.

Outside of JSA, Kamran plays tennis and soccer, and is part of his school’s yearbook committee and student government.

 

 

Nari Johnson – Ohio River Valley Junior State

ORV-Nari JohnsonAs a freshman at her first JSA convention, Nari was quickly overwhelmed by stickers, baked goods, and handshakes from the moment she walked through the door. As part of a chapter that only sent four delegates to Spring State, Nari was intimidated and struck speechless by the effort that so many students had invested in their campaigns. Throughout the weekend, her fear began to fade, but her awe and admiration of the individuals who had sacrificed so much of themselves to serve their state convinced her that JSA was different from any other organization.

Over the past two years, Nari has grown the Dublin Coffman High School chapter from twenty to over eighty members. As Chapter President, Nari strove not only to impact the lives of chapter members, but also those in her school and community. With the support of the amazing statesmen in her chapter, she coordinated the largest chapter conference in recent Ohio River Valley history, helped fundraise for a new chapter to attend an overnight convention, volunteered to bake cookies for patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, organized a rally for youth voting rights, and registered over 120 students at her high school to vote in the presidential primaries. This year, Nari also served as the Ohio River Valley Director of Communications. As governor, Nari hopes to continue to improve communications to ensure that all opportunities are available to every statesman.

Outside of JSA, Nari does all she can to serve the children of Columbus. She is an intern at the Ohio Department of Health, where she works closely with epidemiologists to combat Columbus’ high infant mortality rate. Nari is also a teacher at Freedom Schools, a daily summer program that seeks to close the achievement gap for economically disadvantaged children.

Divya Seth – Pacific Northwest Junior State

PNW-Divya SethSearching for an inspirational and interesting club where she could engage in thoughtful political discussion, Divya found herself attending her first JSA meeting. She spent most of her JSA pre-cabinet career involved in local campaigns, registering people to vote on weekends, Naturalization Ceremonies, and at city events. Soon after, she was elected Vice-President of her chapter at Interlake High School in Bellevue WA, and was appointed as the Pacific Northwest Director of Activism. She also attended the Montezuma Leadership Summit and was elected as Head Democratic Whip, and Chapter President. Finally, after 11 weeks of campaigning, Divya was elected as Pacific Northwest Governor. As Governor, Divya is excited to collaborate with other states and the Pacific Northwest student leadership to grow her state, refresh regional and state conventions, and create JSA magic.

The Junior State of America has taught Divya an immeasurable amount about politics and government, but also what it means to be a part of something bigger than oneself. Divya says how it is truly remarkable that, through JSA, students that have common interests but different perspectives are brought together and lasting friendships are made. All of Divya’s peers in JSA continue to inspire her. On the rare occasion that she is not working on anything JSA related, she enjoys engaging in experimental cooking, registering teenagers to vote, hanging out with friends, playing golf, dancing, and adventuring with her mini-labroddle named Leo.

Justin Wittekind – Southern California Junior State

SC-Justin WittekindJustin Wittekind is a senior at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Orange County, California. JSA has become a family for him and, after attending Fall State Los Angeles his freshman year, he was forever captivated by the ability of his peers to effectively engage in high-level political discourse. He was further inspired by how his fellow students were able to form friendships with others of vastly different backgrounds. He felt like he belonged somewhere, and that place was in the Southern California Junior State. After attending a few conferences and several one-day conferences, Justin decided to apply for cabinet, and eventually he worked his way up and was elected Southern Empire Region Mayor, which would change his course in the organization entirely. As Governor, it is his mission to foster his passion for civic engagement and to make the Southern California Junior State greater and more united than ever before.

Justin has had the privilege of attending nine overnight conventions and more than 18 One-Day events. In each, he has found a unique experience that contributes to his overall passion and appreciation for the organization. He is a proud attendee of the 2015 Montezuma Leadership Summit, and this summer he will attend Georgetown Summer School. In his time with the organization, Justin has found a vigor which he will carry with him during his term as Governor.

Beyond JSA, Justin is an avid reader and an amateur classicist. His appreciation for history and Greco-Roman culture has helped and continues to help him in roles of governance. He participates in student government, contributes to his school’s Model United Nations Program, volunteers at his local library, and is a member of Santa Margarita’s Chapter of the National Honor Society. He loves bodysurfing, running, and listening to music, but it seems like JSA never leaves his mind. Above all, this organization has served him, and he finds great honor in the ability to serve it.

Michael Castro – Southeast Junior State

SE-Michael CastroMichael Castro is a senior at Miami Lakes Educational Center in Miami, Florida. Michael joined his school’s JSA Chapter as a freshman when one of his best friends encouraged him to become a member. She told him he would love the people, the debates, and the organization itself. At most of his chapter meetings and at his first conventions, he was too shy to debate or even ask questions. He used to believe that you should never discuss politics, sports, or religion with anyone because it would either lead to a big argument or no one would care enough to listen. As time passed, however, JSA changed his thinking. He started to debate, ask questions, and get involved as much as possible. Now, he loves JSA more than anything.

Within JSA, Michael was selected to be his chapter’s Chief of Staff, the Southeast State Comptroller, and the 2016 Winter Congress Co-Director of Fundraising his junior year. Now, he is the current President of his chapter.

Outside of JSA, Michael serves as an Intern for a U.S. Representative, and a local mayor. He is also the Treasurer of the National Honor Society chapter at his school, mentors local middle school students on fighting apathy and politics, and he assists the elderly at a local nursing home.

Ajay Singh – Texas Junior State

TX-Ajay SinghAjay Singh is a rising senior at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas. Ajay honestly didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he, as a freshman, partnered with a junior in starting up a Texas Junior State of America chapter. He also didn’t know what to expect when he attended Spring State 2014 as the sole delegate for the newly created Bellaire JSA chapter. When the convention ended, Ajay had no doubt in his mind that this was something he wanted to spend the rest of his high school career being a part of. He decided to take the next step in his JSA experience and apply for cabinet, which led to his appointment as a Chapter Internal Affairs Agent for the 2014-15 school year. The summer before his junior year, Ajay studied Constitutional Law at the JSA Georgetown Summer School Session II (which he highly recommends to everyone) and was selected to attend the Montezuma Leadership Summit. This past year, Ajay served as the Director of Chapter Internal Affairs, managing communications and activities of all the chapters of Texas JSA outside of the convention environment, as well as ten of the most hard-working and passionate Chapter Internal Affairs Agents he could have asked for. Additionally, under his leadership, the Bellaire JSA chapter has grown from just one member in 2014 to over 40 members in the past two years. Ajay’s goals largely revolve around creating a more unified Texas Junior State and increasing activity even outside of the convention environment. Ajay hopes to ensure that every member of Texas JSA is able to have the same amazing experience he has had as a member of the Texas Junior State.

Outside of Texas JSA, Ajay is heavily involved in politics, having interned for multiple campaigns. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Texas High School Democrats and Membership Director for the High School Democrats of America. Ajay is also involved in National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, is the Vice President of Student Council, the Captain of the Bellaire Policy Debate Team, a member of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Youth Council, and a member of his school’s Academic Challenge team. In his free time, Ajay enjoys reading, listening to music (usually by the Beatles), and singing.

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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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