Youth activists convene at Junior State of America conference

Several students from the Junior State of America (JSA) club attended the Fall State Convention at the Hyatt Regency Orange County from Nov. 23 to 24. Attendees took part in fairs, panels and debates that focused on various political issues and activism initiatives. JSA conference includes many activities to increase political knowledge Discussion topics included […]

Junior State of America hosts one-day conference

Junior State of America hosts one-day conference

The Harvard Westlake chapter of Junior State of America hosted a conference on civil rights that gave students the opportunity to participate in a variety of debates and activities Feb. 3. Participants debated topics including the effectiveness of the Women’s March, the pay that prisoners should receive for their work and a fictional debate about […]

Club holds election watch party

Students and faculty gathered in Ahmanson Lecture Hall to watch the election results come in after school Nov. 8. The event was run by the Junior State of America club and the AP United States Government and Politics classes. Attendees discussed the results as they watched the election unfold through the CNNgo live broadcast. Students […]

Club members to hold voter registration drive

The Junior State of America club will host a voter registration drive throughout the school day and after school Oct. 17. The deadline to register to vote in California is Oct. 24. “We hope to register at least three dozen students at Harvard-Westlake and send many more home with information about how to register to […]

JSA members run for regional office

Two members of the Harvard-Westlake Junior State of America club will run for regional office positions within the organization. Lucy Kim ’19 and Eleanor Halloran ’18 declared their candidacy during the Los Angeles Region Winter Congress Feb. 20-21 for Los Angeles Region Senator and Mayor, respectively. Senators represent their region on the JSA State Senate, […]

JSA hosts one-day conference

JSA hosts one-day conference

The Junior State of America Club held its Equality and Economy Conference on the third floor of Chalmers Jan. 31. The conference included four blocks where students debated topics such as wage ratios, the rights of small business owners, food stamps and other social issues. There were also games, Thought Talks, which are conversation-styled debates, […]

JSA to participate in USC conference

The Junior State of America club will participate in their first conference Oct. 11 at the University of Southern California. The theme of the debate will be “Legislating Liberty” and will focus on civil rights law and the First Amendment. The event will feature a guest speaker from the Los Angeles Board of Education, formal […]

JSA Club to attend first overnight convention

Members of the Junior State of America Club will participate in their first overnight convention on Nov. 22. The Southern California (Los Angeles) Fall State Convention will take place at the LAX Mariott and is the first of the three JSA conventions that Harvard-Westlake JSA members will attend.   JSA is a political debate and […]

Three attend JSA, simulate Congress

Three students attended the Junior State of America Southern California Congress in Torrance to participate in a model House of Representatives and model Senate. Zoe Dutton ’15, Samantha Garfield ’14 and Victoria Yu ’15 attended the Feb. 16-17 convention. Garfield said committees debated and voted on peer-written bills concerning topics from contraception to universal healthcare. […]