Dan Germain joined the JSA Board of Directors in 2005. He served as a Director for 10 years. After a brief break, Dan joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.
It was likely my brother Greg. I learned about it in 9th grade. In the late 1970s the Junior State Chapter at Taft High School in the San Fernando Valley was very big and strong and it included people like Andy Seagal, Amy Scharff and others. In order to create more members for their chapter they decided to reach out to the junior high school that fed into Taft. In the fall of 1977 the Taft High Schoolers came to Portola Junior High and encouraged a group of kids to start a Junior High Chapter of Junior State. That Junior High Chapter included me, James Lee, Andrea Scharff, Robbie Koltai, Robert Meyers, Ethan Feerst, Eric Rhoden and a number of others. All of us became very involved in JSA immediately. The Portola 9th graders went to a variety of high schools (not just Taft) and started chapters at the other Valley schools. It was a special group of kids who all went on to be leaders in JSA.
Abraham Lincoln. A tuna melt.
The Candidate with Robert Redford. Four or five times.
Pineapple and Canadian Bacon.
The Election of Jay Berinstein to JSA Governor. It was my first Spring State Convention. Jay was such an amazing dynamic leader. I loved the whole election process. It was so exciting. I worked on Jay’s campaign. The excitement of the election sticks with me to this day.
Stephen Breyer. I think he’s brilliant, funny, sophisticated, pragmatic – everything that our current President is not.
I threw them out ages ago.
Reading the newspaper everyday. I got that habit from watching Richard Prosser. It’s still a habit of mine.
It’s student run. It encourages civic engagement among young people. It prepares young people to be active, engaged citizens in a democratic society.