Montgomery Blair High School's Online Student Newspaper
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 8:55 pm

Clubs: Junior State of America

Time: 3:00 p.m. a few times a month
Place: Room 209
Sponsor: C. Witte
President: Jonathon Brookstone
The Junior State of American (JSA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, student-run organization dedicated to students interested in politics, government, foreign policy and law. Currently one of the largest student-run organizations in the country today, the JSA has chapters all across the country. Its participants partake in many politically oriented activities, from debates to simulations to public speaking. The Junior State of America has three-week summer programs at Georgetown University and large winter and spring conferences.

Upon entering the club meetings, you can often find an enthusiastic president joyfully drawing maps or scribbling on the board. Already, the Blair Chapter of the JSA has had a debate for David Swaney's AP NSL classes about the legalization of prostitution and is currently planning another debate. The members often choose a place or issue that is controversial, such as the Indian-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir or the China-Taiwan conflict for Taiwan's independence. After learning some background information, the members debate their views on the issue or do role-play, calling the shots of powerful international figures.

The JSA's main goal this year is to raise political awareness. Its motto is "Democracy is not a spectator sport." Junior Jonathan Brookstone, the club's vivacious president, welcomes anyone that may unsuspectingly linger near JSA's door. "The JSA can offer something to all the students at Blair, no matter what the political ideologies are," he says. "The floor is always open to debate, and new ideas are some of the greatest things an organization can have."

Club beat by Payal Patnaik