Organization ends teenagers’ political apathy

November 27, 2012

By Madeline Wells

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

With the recent election, some Issaquah High School students in Junior Statesmen of America were able to get involved in politics even if they were unable to vote themselves.

JSA is a political debate and discussion-based organization that has clubs across the United States. The clubs debate on a range of topics relevant to current events.

“At our weekly meetings, we try and change the debate topics a lot to make things interesting instead of a boring restating of facts we discussed at the last meeting,” junior Natalie Andreeva, a member of JSA, said.

Some recent interesting topics have been a lot of the issues that were on the ballot Nov. 6, including the presidential candidates and R-74.

Many teens are inclined to political apathy — why care when you can’t vote? JSA is about changing that attitude. Just because you can’t vote doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an opinion about important issues that can directly affect you.

“JSA offers students an arena to involve themselves more in politics, share their beliefs on a topic and listen to what others think,” Andreeva said.

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