Junior State of America promotes activism

November 27, 2012

By Sampurna Basu

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

Although election season has wrapped up, members of Skyline High School’s debate club, JSA, have been part of the political hype from the very beginning.

Skyline JSA’s mission is to promote political activism and awareness in all of its members, thereby fighting apathy and giving youths the chance to speak their minds. At weekly meetings, students debate current issues and events using standard parliamentary procedure. The meetings, coupled with regional competitions and chapter conventions, are a great way for students to further their debate and public speaking skills.

This year, the club also had the exciting opportunity to host Democratic candidate Mark Mullet (recently elected to represent Issaquah in the Washington State Senate), at one of its meetings, giving students the chance to learn about his campaign platform firsthand.

“I love how JSA is an organization where anyone is welcome and students are encouraged to be civically active and politically aware — we’re basically one big family! JSA is the best,” Michelle Chen, secretary of the Skyline Chapter, said.

If you would like more information about how to get involved with this program, go to http://jsa.org to find a chapter near you!

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