Each year, JSA members elect from among their peers a governor from each JSA state. That individual is responsible for planning conventions for their region, budgeting, appointed a cabinet of JSA delegates and developing strategic goals for the organization. A member of the Council of Governors also sits on the JSA Foundation board of directors.
Pacific Northwest Governor, Chair
While Avinash did not join JSA at the start of his High School career, he quickly fell in love with the club and used it to fuel his passion for politics and activism. Avinash has always enjoyed politics, but it was JSA that gave him an avenue to express his beliefs and strengthen his opinions. Many of the people that Avinash has met due to JSA have forever changed his life and motivated him to do more as a member of society.
Outside of JSA, Avinash plays football as well as track and field and greatly enjoys both these sports. Avinash is the co-President and founder of his schools American Civil Liberties Union chapter and a member of his schools DECA chapter. This past year in the midterm elections Avinash volunteered and worked for several campaigns. Avinash also loves good music, spending time with friends, and good food.
Outside of JSA, Tori is a member of her school's dance company where she choreographs and performs for her community. Tori is also an active member in her synagogue, volunteering and teaching in the religious school. She also has played piano for 9 years and passionately believes Arizona has the best carne asada burritos.
The Junior State of America helped Kavya grow into herself after moving across the country towards the end of middle school, and enabled her to find her passions in debate, fall in love with what she hopes to be her major in college, and find friends who will last a lifetime. She has dedicated herself to the message of JSA, hoping to help promote democracy and activism in everything NES JSA does. Kavya believes that with JSA, the next generation can be a better educated and well-articulated group that will be able to secure democracy for many years to come.
When Kavya isn't collecting gavels at debates or running around the hotel at conventions, she can be found writing for her high school's publication The Ghostwriter as their Print Managing Editor, studying for class, or chatting with friends and family. Kavya's hobbies include reading copious editorials online, listening to R&B and rap music, and binge-watching VEEP and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Kavya is beyond excited to represent the Northeast on this year's Council of Governors and can't wait to start working with such an amazing group of governors!
Lucy joined JSA for the debates, but stayed for the people. She believes that JSA provides a space to high school students that allows them to voice their thoughts and opinions, as well as develop leadership and critical thinking skills. Thus, her main focus this year as governor is connecting with the members of her state and bringing more people to JSA. Outside of JSA, Lucy spends her time teaching several karate classes, involving herself in local politics and voter registration, and drinking copious amounts of tea. She also works with her local UNICEF chapter and attends mixed media art classes.
Northern California Governor
Outside of JSA, Nicki is extremely active in her local community. She has been volunteering with many organizations in her hometown for years and finds happiness in bringing joy to others whenever she can. She is also a dedicated member of her school's theatre department, participating in over eight mainstage shows since her freshman year and taking years of training.
Nicki is so honored to serve as NorCal's governor, and hopes she will be able to constantly and effectively lead her state into a great year!
This year, Litsa is looking forward to bringing the Midwest closer together. She aims to improve connections between chapters and Cabinet, to provide the framework for chapters to become more involved and recognized within their communities, and to elevate debate engagement through delegate involvement in choosing resolutions.
Outside of JSA, Litsa participates in the Illinois Congressional Debate Association, Model United Nations, Math Team, and French Club. When she’s not practicing her Greek and French, she can be found managing a not-profit (AchieveWE.org), playing piano, volunteering, running, and biking.
Ohio River Valley Governor
Southern California Governor
Within her time in JSA, Judy has attended numerous JSA Summer Programs, her favorite being Georgetown where she studied Constitutional Law. She has previously been Chapter President and served on state cabinet as a Deputy Director of Debate her freshman year, Director of Moderators her sophomore year, and Director of Debate her junior year. This coming year in SoCal, Judy hopes to strengthen individual chapters, establish stronger regions, and diversify statewide convention activities to include more leadership opportunities for regular JSAers. Aside from JSA, Judy participates in Mock Trial, Moot Court, Journalism, and works at her local law firm. She loves any type of music, whether it be 80’s, R&B, or weird alternative/indie rock, and unabashedly binge-watches political TV dramas.