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JSA debates in Washington, D.C.

JSA debates in Washington, D.C.

Hannah Bolandian '19, Paper Sports Editor

February 26, 2019

The Junior Statesmen of America club (JSA) at Staples traveled to the Winter Congress Convention in Washington, DC on Feb. 7 for the weekend. JSA is a group of high school students who engage in debates at conventions around the country. When not at debates, the group practices after school and en...

Congressman Jim Himes visits library

Congressman Jim Himes visits library

January 15, 2018

By Caroline Blevins '18 and Kaya Leitner '19

Junior Statesman of America helps Staples “Fight Apathy”

Junior Statesman of America helps Staples “Fight Apathy”

March 23, 2017

By: Arin Garland '18 Recently, the Staples JSA club has joined a nationwide campaign called “Fight Apathy,” which aims to “encourage students to think about what's important to them,” in the words of Claudia Guetta ’18, President of the Staples chapter of JSA. “Whether it's a sport,...

JSA members travel to D.C. for winter Congress

JSA members travel to D.C. for winter Congress

March 9, 2017

The Staples chapter of Junior State of America (JSA) attended an annual winter Congress event in Washington D.C., where the members wrote legislation, served as members of Congress, conducted floor debates, listened to political speakers and participated in other activities from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26. JSA’s...

Attending Winter Congress for the first time

Attending Winter Congress for the first time

Victoria Lubin, Staff Writer

March 15, 2016

By: Tori Lubin '18 Like a bird ready to pounce on his prey, I’m ready to attack my opponent. My words are my claws, prepared to slice apart any argument made against me. This is debate. This is my passion, a passion that drove to me to join Junior Statesman of America, a formal debating organization. My love f...

Counties postponed, provokes conflict among students

Counties postponed, provokes conflict among students

Izzy Ullmann, Opinions Editor

January 24, 2015

On Friday, Jan. 23, the Counties Anniversary Charity Ball was postponed to Saturday, Feb. 7, due to the “very dangerous, snowy and icy conditions,” the assembly was anticipating. “I’m pretty shocked that they would have the audacity to reschedule a dance as big as this the night before,”...

Junior State of America marches into an exciting new year

Junior State of America marches into an exciting new year

Andrew Vester, Staff Writer

January 9, 2015

Junior State of America, better known around Staples as JSA, kicked off its year with an impressive showing at the Fall State convention on the weekend of Nov. 22 in Boston, Massachusettes. JSA, with the Staples chapter containing around 40 students, provides members with an opportunity to experience...

Ferguson decision stimulates discussion at Staples

Ferguson decision stimulates discussion at Staples

Kit Epstein, Staff Writer

November 25, 2014

Yesterday, a grand jury in St. Louis County declined to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer from Ferguson, Missouri who allegedly shot and killed the unarmed 18-year-old man, Michael Brown. According to CNN, the jury declared this an act of self defense, therefore, no charges were held against him. Many...

JSA members propose bills at Winter Congress

JSA members propose bills at Winter Congress

Claire Lewin, News Editor

February 13, 2014

This past weekend, Feb. 7-9, was filled with heated debates, Senate and House hearings and battles over proposed bills as the Staples chapter of Junior State of America (JSA) headed off to Washington, D.C. to participate in one of their three major conventions, Winter Congress. JSA is the largest student run organization in Am...

November 4, 2010 | JSA Meeting

November 4, 2010 | JSA Meeting

November 4, 2010

2:47 p.m. One of Staples' numerous clubs, Junior State of America (JSA), held its weekly meeting today after school. At this meeting, newer members and older members played bonding games to get to know each other and introduce themselves. JSA has its next convention in Boston, MA on November 12....

April 28, 2010 | Nothing But Nets

April 28, 2010 | Nothing But Nets

April 28, 2010

Taking part in a Junior Statesmen of America fundraiser, Principal John Dodig allows students to tape him to a wall of the cafeteria, all to support Nothing But Nets, a program, sponsored by JSA, that raises money to purchase mosquito nets to prevent the spread a malaria. For $1 students could purchase a stick...

JSA Beats Weather Down to D.C. for “Winter Congress”

JSA Beats Weather Down to D.C. for “Winter Congress”

March 2, 2010

Each year the Junior State of America (JSA) club visits Washington, D.C. for “Winter Congress,” a gathering of high school students in a mock Congress convention. Normally, they are greeted with balmier than Westport weather.But instead of a short respite from arctic temperatures, the 40 students on the c...

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