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.
Outside of JSA, Zane is an active member of his community. He has spent time volunteering with charitable organizations around his community. At school, he is a member of his Speech and Debate team and is Secretary of his school’s National Honor Society Chapter. He has also spent time interning with a U.S. Senatorial Campaign.
Zane is excited to be JSAZ’s new Governor and to be a part of JSA’s bright future!
I love JSA because it combines some of my favorite things: political topics, thoughtful conversations, and great people!
The empowerment of JSA has shaped her approach and outlook on life and her abilities, and she hopes as Mid-Atlantic State Governor 2019-2020, she can expand the experience of JSA to every student in the nation. Erica was elected to serve as Chapter President in 9th grade and was re-elected to serve in 10th grade. She also was selected as an Expansion Agent in 10th grade and was appointed Director of Expansion in 11th grade.
In her free time, Erica also volunteers as an EMT for her town, conducts microbiology research, manages her school’s Oncology Olympiad team and concert band, and plays percussion. She is incredibly grateful to be serving such a diverse and involved state and is beyond excited to work to improve JSA at every level for every JSA’er.
I love the Junior State of America for the leadership, empowerment, accountability, and diversity it aims to bring to all high schoolers across the nation.
When Anjali isn’t in the debate room, you can find her on the tennis court or in the dance studio. In her free time, she enjoys baking numerous desserts, painting, or writing poetry—all while listening to music. There is a high chance that she will make a reference to an old Disney Channel TV show in conversation and frequently expresses her love for goldfish. Anjali is beyond grateful to have the chance to serve the Midwest, aiming to promote growth and close connections within the region; she loves JSA with her whole heart and hopes that everyone who joins will as well.
JSA opened up a world of individuality. Every single convention is saturated by people who bring opinions and perspectives to issues that are seen nowhere but at JSA.
He is so grateful for his JSA experience and all it has taught him, and that is why the focus of his governorship is giving back to the Northeast and the individuals that comprise it. His entire platform is based around improving your JSA experience. As Governor, he will work his hardest to ensure that the JSA experience is the best and most accessible it can possibly be.
I love JSA because of the open-mindedness of its community. I really enjoy being able to listen to two individuals respectfully argue about a controversial issue. The space that JSA provides in this aspect is truly invaluable.
Kaetlyn L. M.
Northern California Governor
Outside of JSA, she is the co-president of a Harry Potter Club, and is in multiple honor societies. After school, you can find her boxing or surfing. She also plays quite a few musical instruments, including some piano, flute, and percussion. She is very active in her local community, and works at a library as a volunteer. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandparents and brother. Most days, though, you can find her playing with her dogs, or driving down the coastline.
I love the JSA mission--apathy is a plague, and I deeply believe in student engagement with the world.
Ohio River Valley Governor
Wonnie doesn’t see these positions as titles to slap on a resume; she sees them as experiences. Although she has experienced many sleepless nights and stressful decisions throughout her time in JSA, she always finds herself coming back to the love she has for the organization. The passionate delegates and true sense of home that JSA provides genuinely make everything worth it.
Outside of JSA, she loves singing in choir, playing tennis, and volunteering at her church. Wonnie is honored to serve as the ORV Governor for 2020-21 and is excited to grow as a Council of Governors!
The strong and unbelievably kind people that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting through JSA are my definition of student leadership. They represent the state of the youth in our American democracy and are why I love JSA.
Pacific Northwest Governor
During her term, she will focus on revamping the state and its goals, strengthening student leadership, and highlighting different ways for youth to become politically involved outside of JSA. She truly believes that becoming involved with JSA has changed her life and hopes to create experiences for other delegates to feel the same way.
Outside of JSA, Mariam is involved in student government as ASB Vice President, plays the violin in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, organized as a national director for US Youth Climate Strike, and spends her free time studying political theory or biology. She hopes to bring what she’s learned from being in other student-led organizations to JSA and to encourage more youth to become politically engaged and involved through state conventions and other JSA related events.
JSA gave me a place to explore and strengthen my political beliefs and leadership skills in the same space with other students.
JSA served as an avenue of excitement for her when it came to politics, which inspired Ava to became connected with numerous other organizations and opportunities, such as becoming a law intern and attending conferences. Ava adores the mission of JSA and considers her upcoming Governor term as her way to give back and encourage others to find their own voices. Her goals include becoming a free speech lawyer to protect individuals in colleges/workplaces who seek an open dialogue yet are faced with censorship, hopefully followed by running for public office or becoming a judge. When she isn’t debating her heart out, Ava loves volunteering, journaling, swimming, and going to concerts.
Through this organization, I have found a setting where I can be unapologetically myself (my very passionate, vocal self), and have bonded with like-minded individuals who have become my very best friends.
Southern California Governor
In her junior year, she served as her chapter’s president and one of SoCal’s Directors of Development. Lilly is on her school’s mock trial team, plays cello in orchestra, works as an apprentice for Climate Action Santa Monica, and is a member of Team Marine, an environmental science and advocacy club at Santa Monica High School. She loves discovering new music, watching movies, and finding new restaurants to eat at in Los Angeles. This year, she hopes to provide more opportunities for non-cabinet members, and establish a greater feeling of community outside of conventions.
I love JSA because of the community it builds, consisting of people from different locations, backgrounds and political beliefs
It's been a wild ride for David ever since he joined JSA in freshman year, but he's come to truly love our organization. From the amazing diversity in political ideologies to the welcoming group of high schoolers who make up our organization, JSA has been David's home throughout high school. This past year, he served on Cabinet as the Deputy Director of CIA (Chapter Internal Affairs), and as one of Texas' Gulf Coast Region Senator. With both positions, he made sure to spread the word about JSA, fight political apathy, and get more people to join our amazing conventions.
This year as Governor, David wants to help JSAers become more connected with each other and bring Texas closer together. David wants to bolster communication between departments in Cabinet as well as between JSAers and Cabinet. He wants to empower chapters, helping them grow and impact their community. Outside of JSA, David likes to swim, read philosophy, and eat tons of Pocky.
Tthe number one reason why I love JSA is impact. JSA is the largest student-run organization in America, and that translates into how we improve and better our communities. The activism I see happening through JSA is, frankly, not found anywhere else.