JSA’s election season is underway and student leaders are campaigning for position as lieutenant governors, mayors and even speaker of the House. Each state has different elected positions. Learn about the individuals running for governor and continue reading below to learn about those stepping up as candidates for lieutenant governor.
I am Marina Martinez, and I definitely have a true love for a few things in life: politics, art, travel, and of course, JSA. While I have also loved a good debate for most of my life, JSA was not an outlet I was brought to until my sophomore year of high school. After learning about and participating in JSA, Tuesdays after school quickly became the highlights of my week, and I truly couldn’t wait to eat snacks and talk about issues from gun control to climate change every week. I suddenly was able to speak freely among an intimate group and learn about current issues in the process, and I knew that others deserve that same opportunity. Because I knew the values JSA has to offer, I was able to serve as a Convention Coordinator during my sophomore year, and continue with that position today. My beginnings in the Rincon/University High School chapter in Tucson Arizona, and conventions and connections with other chapters that came with those have allowed me to incorporate my passion for the world around me into meaningful conversations with my peers. I have been able to make friends from across my wonderful state. I have been able to speak on issues I could do nowhere but in the confines of JSA. That is exactly why I decided to run for JSA Arizona’s Lieutenant Governor position–because I am ready to actively contribute to what has been a key part of my formative years, and I am ready to continue our state’s history as a strong, efficient, and growing force that makes an impact on each statesman.
My JSA career began when I was in the 8th Grade. The elementary school I attended was chosen as the first 8th grade chapter allowed in JSA. I was very proud and honored to be a part of that group, as well as this organization. That was the year that I fell in love with JSA. JSA has made a huge impact on my life. It has shown me how to come out of my shell and how to communicate my thoughts and feelings on different topics.
Throughout the last four years in JSA, I have held many positions including 3 different chapter officer positions and 5 Cabinet positions. I have worked throughout many departments and know how they operate and can see where some improvement can be made. I’m not saying they don’t run well, I just have seen what can be done differently in order to make JSAZ even better. I decided to run for LTG because I believe that I can help make a difference. I have seen how much JSAZ has grown from when I first started and my one hope for JSAZ is for it to continue to grow and be able to affect more student’s lives positively.
My name is Olivia Vladyka and I am currently running to be Mid Atlantic State Lieutenant Governor. I am currently serving as the Lieutenant Gubernatorial Chief of Staff. I was inspired to run for LTG after seeing the amazing work that can be done by LTG cabinet. I want to give back to Junior State of America, an organization that has given me so much. I became involved in JSA as a freshman and after serving as a chapter internal affairs agent, a chapter president, and LTG chief of staff I am ready to make a greater contribution. I have the experience, the passion, and the vision to unite the MAS. Vote Olivia V for LTG!!”
Hey JSAers! I’m Shruthi Katipally, a current junior at South Brunswick High School. After being in JSA for 3 years, I can say that this organization has transformed me into the person I am today. Not only have I learned to be a better speaker and person, but I have also made some of my fondest memories in JSA. JSA is where I have met some of my best friends, experienced new adventures, and even dealt with some of the hardest moments of my life. This organization has been one of the sole reasons I have been able to reach the places I have, by not only providing me with great opportunities but also the leadership skills needed to conquer life outside of JSA. As a fellow statesmen I hope to bring upon the same experiences within your life. I hope to ensure that JSA impacts you the way it impacted me. Ultimately, I hope you cherish JSA and everything it has to offer to the max!
Through my years in JSA, was able to understand the many benefits and challenges of each JSA experience that I have had. Consequently, I was able to realize how much I wanted to repay the organization in terms of allowing it to grow and sustaining every positive aspect of it. As a leader and a member in JSA, I hope to bring upon changes that you, the people, request, while also expanding successful individual or chapter ideas to other struggling chapters or even the MAS as a whole. My platform is built off of a three step plan: contact, promote, and expand. Each point allows every individual department in the Lieutenant Gubernatorial Cabinet to consistently track their progress through an organized and documented method. By taking each department through this step-by-step process, everyone will be able to actively participate in the progressive growth of the MAS, allowing for you, and the MAS as a whole, to make JSA for you, with you, by you.
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Facebook: Shruthi Katipally for MAS Lieutenant Governor
I am currently a junior at Vernon Hills High School. At the end of 8th grade, I was a shy, reserved person who decided that his biggest goal for high school was to learn how to express himself. I joined JSA to achieve this goal. Since the first speech I gave at a chapter meeting in freshman year, JSA has constantly allowed me to develop my speaking capabilities. I was a debate agent my sophomore year, and this year I served as the LTG Chief of Staff as well as the MidSoHio Convention Bill Director. Looking back, JSA has not only taught me how to express myself, but it has also made me a politically aware individual as well as a student leader. I decided to run for Lieutenant Governor because I wanted to continue helping JSA change the lives of other students just as it did for me. I believe that with my skills with technology and my logical ways of thinking, I can help raise Midwest JSA to new heights as we continue to increase the quality of debate, the quality of our conventions, and the quality of the Midwest as a whole.
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Campaign Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Wr2VHBzgVqcCk0hwupUDA
My name is Katey Patrick! I am 16, and am from a town about an hour north of Sacramento. I attend Sutter Union High School as a junior. All of my life, civic involvement has been very important to me. My family has always been involved in politics in my hometown, and so when I entered high school, I was so sad to find out that there wasn’t a debate club. I got started in JSA that fall, after in interned for my federal congressman on his re-election campaign. I wanted to start a debate team, but after a fellow student told me about this organization. After attending my first fall state, I knew that JSA was for me. I ran for my regional senate in the spring of 2016, and was elected to that seat. At Cabinet Conformation that year, I was chosen by my fellow senators as the speaker of the senate, which was a huge honor. I worked with expansion in my time as senator, and that along with the combined JSA experience, made me believe that I have the skills to serve as NorCal’s Lieutenant Governor!
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Facebook: Katey Patrick for NorCal JSA Lieutenant Governor
I began JSA as a freshman, like so many other delegates across the country. Meek, young, and blazingly average, I never expected that I’d go far in this organization. I became more involved at the end of my freshman year, dealt a crushing defeat in my run for Chapter Secretary but eventually winning the title of Chapter Secretary a year later. I licked my wounds and by the end of my sophomore year I was in the running for Senator of the Golden Gate Region. As a Senator, I’ve had the unique opportunity to engage in reform of the Northern California state, especially concerning Activism: my area of choice. My platform is available online, and I would encourage everyone to check it out.
As a current Senator of the Golden Gate Region (one of the two largest regions in NorCal), President of my JSA Chapter, Liaison to the Activism Department, and former Activism Coordinator, I believe that I have all the necessary qualifications to become the next Lieutenant Governor. I am also especially proud of my endorsements – posted on @JakeforJSA and the Jake Hanssen for NorCal Lieutenant Governor Facebook page – that have come from a wide range of involved members of the JSA community. A former Lieutenant Governor of NorCal, a Director of Debate, the Director of Activism, members of the Fundraising Department, Expansion Agents, the Convention Coordinator, and the Political Fair Coordinator have all lent their support to me. This, as well as all of the help and love that I’ve received from other delegates of JSA, has empowered me to continue this campaign with increased dedication and fervor. To everyone who has helped in this journey: thank you.
My freshman year I joined my local JSA chapter and went to almost every meeting and one day. I couldn’t afford overnights, but that didn’t stop me from getting engaged at the chapter level. When springtime came, I found out about cabinet from my chapter president. I read it over and it seemed like a really cool way to get involved in something bigger. Activism and expansion particularly caught my eye. Getting other kids engaged in the organization and in the world the way I had been so lucky to be was something that really mattered to me. I applied to cabinet and became an Expansion Agent. The job was difficult, but so worth it. Whenever I saw someone from one of my expansion chapters at events, debating, winning best speaker awards, I was so proud and happy. At the end of the year, I saw that my clear next step was to apply for Director of Expansion. Not only would I continue to do what I love, starting chapters and increasing JSA engagement, but I would also be in charge. Anyone who knows me knows that being a leader is practically in my DNA. Last summer I was also invited to the Montezuma Leadership Summit, where I furthered my development of that leadership capability and gained a comprehensive understanding of the exceptional qualities of the Junior State. In the past year, I have grown the northeast state by 15 chapters and this growth is something I badly want to continue. But not only do I want to grow the NES in size, I want to elevate its quality as well. I love the northeast and I want to make it the best it can be.
Although my extensive experience has introduced me to a fantastic organization, it has also shown me that there remains room for improvement, and much of what I’d like to change can be best changed from the position of Lieutenant Governor. My platforms were designed around what my experience has shown me and then added and altered by many different members of the state who have reached out to me over the course of campaign season. Activism needs to be displayed with more prominence at events and online, expansion efforts need to be even further increased (especially in ME, VT, RI, and NH), financial aid needs to be better publicized (had I known about this freshman year, I could’ve probably attended Fall and Spring State), the newspaper needs more writers and to be better publicized, we need to strengthen chapter relations, and we need stronger communications and transparency. The true highlight of my platforms is the bridging of chapters to the state and members to cabinet, and through this, the whole NES will grow and thrive. I intend to do all of this and more, to find out how in greater detail, check out my campaign facebook page and instagram, or just reach out to me!
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Declaration speech: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1tmUFsLKu7mSEM2QlJGV0dvUXc/view
Lauren Newton is currently the NES director of fundraising and financial aid along with being a chapter officer for Cheshire High School. In her JSA career thus far she has met new friends, learned new perspectives, and increased her leadership skills. In the summer of 2015 she attended the JSA Princeton summer institute which helped her gain knowledge and leadership experience dealing with JSA. Lauren hopes to get to know each and every student involved in JSA and hear their ideas to implement them into the NES. She is running to be the NES Lieutenant Governor because of her passion for JSA and her drive to bring the Northeast to their potential.
In her platforms Lauren advocates for attention to be put on the return of chapters and keeping everyone aware of events and initiatives. Fundraising will hold a major importance in order to help more people attend conventions and communication through The Patriot will be a priority. Along with continuing on with the current fundraising and activism initiatives new ideas will be brought into play. Reach out to Lauren with any questions!
Ohio River Valley
Hi! My name is Shane, and I’m a current junior at Dublin Coffman High School. This year, I’ve served as the ORV’s Director of Activism, and I’m blessed to have the opportunity to run to become your next Lieutenant Governor.
I first joined JSA during my freshman year, but it took until the the summer before sophomore year for me to begin to get involved in the state. From my roots as an Activism Specialist and the Copy Editor of our state newspaper, and as the only candidate who has served on the ORV’s Fair Elections Committee (which is the primary responsibility of the Lieutenant Governor), I’ve had a wealth of experience in the Junior State that has allowed me to lead a department of seven people to maintain solid Fight Apathy registration numbers, increase the prevalence of social activism initiatives at state conventions, and create the first activism-themed ORV state event. JSA functions have set the stage for some of my best high school memories; from going coast-to-coast from JSA Summer School at Georgetown to the annual Montezuma Leadership Summit in California, being named the state Director of Activism, seeing my friends become everything from Statesman of the Year to Governor, and meeting countless new faces who have fundamentally shaped my political beliefs, I owe a great deal to the Junior State. It’s my goal to give back as your next Lieutenant Governor by providing insight and understanding to our state elections that can only come from quality performance and years of state experience.
To me, JSA isn’t specifically about the politics. It undoubtedly provides a backdrop for teens to become more literate about the issues facing our nation today, but that is just one of the many benefits that this organization brings to the table for high school students. JSA has made me a better speaker and writer, increased my self-confidence, and exposed me to the true meaning of civic engagement. As Director of Activism, I know the importance of making sure that all states(wo)men have access to the same opportunities, resources, and information about our state government. A vote for #shaneforltg is a vote for a campaign founded on experience, built on transparency, and supported by some of the best and brightest that the ORV has to offer. I’d be honored and humbled to work together with you to increase efficiency and transparency of our state.
Connect with Shane online at http://www.shaneforltg.weebly.com.
Bio coming soon
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My freshman year I joined JSA with most of my friends but I wasn’t very involved until my first state convention. My first Fall State was like nothing I had experienced before. I heard kids passionately debating a wide variety of topics, many of which I knew very little about. I quickly got involved in leadership at both the chapter and state level. In my sophomore year I was my chapter treasurer and at the state level I was the Director of Photography. My Junior year I worked as Convention Coordinator for the PNW. I decided to run for the position of Lieutenant Governor because I want to further expand and grow my part in this club. I’ve constantly been inspired by this club, the experiences I’ve had through it and the people it has helped me meet. I have both the passion and experience to deal with all the challenges of the Lieutenant Governor position.
Connect with Priyanka on Facebook at: https://m.facebook.com/priya4ltg/
Hi! My name is Kendall Smith and I’m running for Lieutenant Governor of the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been involved in JSA since the start of my freshman year, after becoming hooked my first Fall State. At my first Fall State, I was not only inspired to speak out more about issues that I care about, but I was also inspired by the people around me. This encouraged me to become more involved in this organization. Now, I currently serve as the Assistant Convention Coordinator and as my school’s Director of Activism. I also had the pleasure to attend the Montezuma Leadership Summit this past summer, where I met many more incredible people and began to consider running for LTG.
JSA has given me countless opportunities and experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. I want to be LTG to ensure that every delegate has these same opportunities and experiences, so that they too can enjoy JSA as much as I have. I also want to help improve my state to make it the best that it can be, which I know I have the ability to do. I am so excited to be running and I would be honored to be the next LTG of the PNW.
To see more about my campaign please check out my Facebook and Instagram!
My name is Max Sweeney, I’m Chapter President of Garden Street Academy, Vice Mayor of the Channel Islands Region, a passionate member of JSA, and I am running to be your next Lieutenant Governor. I’m running because I believe in the power the LTG has to create change within both the senate and JSA as a whole. For too long has the LTG position been held by someone that simply “presides over the senate”, and I believe that the position can be utilized for much more than that. The position can be used to create change within departments- not just publicizing and improving accessibility of the senate. I plan to implement a group fundraising initiative that anyone can take part in, strengthening communications with the individual members of JSA, and making sure that your officials are there to ensure that your JSA experience is the best it can be. This campaign is about you. This campaign is about bringing focus to the individual and bringing passionate people together.
Please check out my social media and website for campaign updates.
Samantha Wasserman is a sophomore at Beckman High School in Orange County, California. She immediately fell in love with JSA at her very first convention, Fall State 2015. Sam started as any JSAer did; participating in heated debates, connecting with fellow JSAers, and when the time came, throwing down on the dance floor. As spring state approached, she decided to run for Senator of the SER. Winning that election would change her JSA career forever, as it was this opportunity that inspired her to dream bigger within this organization. Since being elected Senate Pro Tempore, her love for JSA and her admiration for the people within it has only grew. Now, she is running for Lieutenant Governor, following in the footsteps of the marvelous Morgan Pak. Sam has the unrivalled experience that it takes to lead the Senate in its most successful year yet, and she is thrilled to not only fulfill the duties of Lieutenant Governor, but to exceed them. Her platform consists of three principles: accountability, transparency, and personability. These three principles center around her desire to improve the efficiency of the Senate in order to ensure the Senate’s performance meets the people’s standards, to dissolve the disconnect between the Senate and the people, and cultivate an open environment where everyone feels comfortable reaching out to their Senator to express their concerns or opinions. A job is only worth as much as you put into it, and Sam will pour her heart and soul into becoming Lieutenant Governor.
My name is Nana Kusi, and I’m so excited to be running for Lieutenant Governor of the Southeast State! I’m a junior at Land O’Lakes High School and the vice president of my school’s chapter. I joined JSA at the beginning of last school year and instantly fell in love with the organization, and soon after my first Winter Congress I was extended the opportunity to attend the Montezuma Leadership Summit and the JSA Summer School at Princeton University. While I was not able to attend Montezuma, I had the time of my life studying at Summer School and learning valuable leadership skills that I hope to implement in our state.
Currently, I serve on my state’s year-round cabinet as the Secretary of Chapter Affairs. I was a member of the 2017 MidSoHio SuperCabinet and served as the Southeast’s State Bill Director, in addition to being a member of the Winter Congress party system and acting as a whip for the Democratic Party. Having the opportunity to serve in all these different capacities has given me an incredible appreciation for the Junior State and everything that it stands for. JSA’s dedication to providing America’s youth with an outlet for civic engagement is an admirable mission that I hope to advance in the coming year. I’m incredibly excited to work with you all in making the Southeast the best that it can be!
Hello! I’m Brandon Stewart and I’m so grateful to be running for Lieutenant Governor of the Southeast State! I’m currently a junior at Sarasota Military Academy, where I serve as my chapter’s Co-Vice President. I vividly remember the first day I joined JSA my sophomore year. Ironically, my chapter was new to all things JSA just as much as I was due to the fact that we were a first year chapter, the first in our district. Though, from that first meeting, I knew JSA was right for me. JSA is all about “strengthening American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership skills in a democratic society”. These values and many more are what drew myself and so many others towards this amazing organization. These principles are what drove me to exceed expectations and break the norms of first year chapters. Our first Winter Congress of last year, we were able to bring 15 students. This was an amazing experience that I will cherish forever! At the convention, I was constantly surrounded by leaders and advocates. These leaders,along with the the infinite amount of opportunities JSA offers, inspired me to run for a position on the SES Cabinet. I now currently serve as our state’s Public Relations Agent. I am dedicated to bringing all members the same opportunities I had and many more! I know what rigorous work looks like, I’ve dealt with road blocking situations and most importantly, I want nothing less but success for the Southeast State. I believe that I provide a fresh, experienced, and much needed diverse face to our state. I hope you elect me as your next LGT, and together, we can.
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Hi JSA! My name is Ife Omidiran, and I’m running for Lieutenant Governor of Texas JSA! I joined JSA in my freshman year, when I went to the interest meeting for Carnegie JSA. I mostly just went for the brownies, but at the meeting, I saw all these people that were so passionate and engaged and I realized that this organization was something special. At Fall State, between the exciting debates, thought talks, and activism, I fell in love with JSA. Since then, JSA has become a HUGE part of my life (major key) : I applied for chapter cabinet, state cabinet, ran for senator, attended JSA Summer School at Stanford and ran to be Carnegie’s VP. I’ve gotten so involved because I love JSA and I have seen the impact it has first hand — I have become someone unafraid to speak my mind, I have become civically engaged, and I have had the opportunity to become a leader, all because of JSA.
I’m running for Texas JSA LTG because I want to work with other amazing stateswomen and statesmen to not only bring the JSA experience to new schools and students who haven’t heard of JSA, but also to make the JSA experience even better for every single JSAer, whether they don’t know what a thought talk is, or they’re a veteran to JSA. I want to do this by listening first and foremost: by hearing people’s concerns and finding innovative solutions to address them. That’s what I did when I wrote my platform (check it out below on my website or FB page + feel free to slide into my DMs with any suggestions, comments or concerns on Instagram or FB!!), and that’s what I hope to do as your Lieutenant Governor. To make Texas JSA even better — together.
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Campaign video: https://www.facebook.com/ifeforltg/videos/1412038708827469/
Bio coming soon