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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 @ 2:56PM

Hero Highlight

Dan Schnur first saw something special in Junior State of America (JSA) when Alex Evans, former JSA Board President, bought him to one of SoCal JSA State’s conventions. “I saw the students’ enthusiasm and their desire to learn how to debate civically,” said Dan. It was that infectious enthusiasm that…

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 @ 2:51PM

Student Hero Spotlight

Lorenzo Tortorici, a senior at Kofa High School, is the Director of Fundraising for the Junior State Arizona (JSAZ). Under his leadership JSAZ raised over $5,000, which surpassed their initial goal of $4,000, for the 2016-2017 Arizona State Scholarship Fund. In addition to fundraising on behalf of his peers, he raised $2,500…

Monday, October 3rd, 2016 @ 10:47PM

The Donald vs. Hillary – Watch Them Duke It Out!

Watch The Donald duke it out with Hillary in their 3rd and final Presidential Debate on Wednesday, October 19th! The JSA Alumni Association is hosting Presidential Debate Watch Parties in 5 cities around the country and all JSA alumni and friends are invited. There is no charge. The debate watch…

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Monday, February 22nd, 2016 @ 11:46PM

5 Tips and Tricks I Learned from a Political Journalist

We love featuring the voices of alumni. After graduating from the Junior State of America, Monica Sampson (AZ ’14) now attends Arizona State University at the Walter Conkite School of Journalism as a college sophomore. She double majors in theatre. We’re featuring her guest post on jumping up from her…

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Monday, December 28th, 2015 @ 6:10PM

Alum David Knatcal on Giving Back—with His New JSA Chapter

David Knatcal (SoCal, Downtown Magnets H.S. ’86) was a Junior State chapter member and summer school attendee, and will never forget his experiences. It made such an impact on him that he’s now a JSA Teacher Advisor at Burroughs High School in Burbank, California, educating his students in civic engagement. In this…

Friday, December 18th, 2015 @ 6:34PM

JSA, Innercity L.A. to UVA: A Young Alum Profile

At JSA, we believe in teaching our students to lift themselves up—and to lift others up along with them. Young alum Floyd Black (SoCal ’15) knows this first hand. Rising from a difficult innercity background, he’s learned to lead with a listening and wise-beyond-his-years ear. We share in this story…