LETTER FROM THE CHAPTER
PRESIDENTS Dear Delegates, Throughout the course of history, Presidents have come, and gone, economies have enlarged, and diminished, families brought together, and destroyed; but throughout these changes and crises, the Junior State of America has continued to exist, to flourish, and to stand the tests of time. The Junior State of America is a special organization, and one very close to my heart. Pushed into the trenches of high school, JSA has become my home, has made me resilient, and has made me the best version of myself. Through the thousands of crises, a high school student faces, JSA has remained constant in my life, and has never let me down. We do not know what the future holds for our country, this world, and our beloved organization. But I do know that as long JSA continues to be a student-run organization, for the students and by the students, any crisis can be solved. Thank you for coming to this convention, and thank you for your loyalty and dedication towards JSA. I hope that today, in a time of great crisis, you reach outside of your comfort zone, and participate and engage on a deeper level. It will surprise you how impactful just a few courageous words can be. I will end with the reminder that in JSA, we critique ideas, not the people who generate them. Speak openly and with integrity, and I promise that your voice will be valued, no matter the crisis. Sincerely, Divya Seth- Interlake Chapter President Sidney Hershey- Skyline Co-Chapter President Ryan Ducich- Skyline Co-Chapter President
UPCOMING EVENTS February 3-5, 2017 WINTER CONGRESS February 20, 2017 OLYMPIA DAY
AGENDA-AT-A-GLANCE SATURDAY JANUARY 13, 2017 o PRO: Maria Russinovich, Overlake 9:00-10:00 REGISTRATION School 10:00-10:35 OPENING SESSION o CON: Jackson Zariski, Skyline H.S. 10:35-11:20 BLOCK 1 o MOD: Sunny Malhotra, Skyline H.S. ROOM: Resolved the economy is inferior to the environment ROOM: Resolved, earthquake insurance be o PRO: Keya Roy, Issaquah H.S. mandated. o CON: Emma Garner, Issaquah H.S. o PRO: Jack Brunell, International o MOD: Vivek Gopalan, Interlake H.S. o CON: Kiran Singh, Liberty H.S. o MOD: Sidney Hershey, Skyline H.S. ROOM: Resolved Cascadia is in the best interest of the United States ROOM: Resolved, plastic water bottles be o PRO: Cameron Baird, Skyline H.S. banned. o CON: Nicholas Liang, International o PRO: Reiley David Fletcher, Bellevue o MOD: Austin Tan, Interlake H.S. H.S. o CON: Ishaan Bhimani, Skyline H.S. ROOM: Scandalous Face-off: Which scandal o MOD: Vivek Gopalan, Interlake H.S. was more detrimental to each respective 1:50-2:35 BLOCK 4 president, the Iran-Contra Affair (Ronald ROOM: Resolved, the genetic modification of Reagan) or the Monica Lewinsky scandal (Bill animals be prohibited. Clinton). o PRO: Fairine Ahmed o CON: Kevin Parker, Skyline H.S. o RONALD REAGAN: Josh H. Mauer, o MOD: Austin Tan, Interlake H.S. Interlake H.S. o BILL CLINTON: Thuy Seecof, Skyline H.S. ROOM: Resolved, the proletariat is oppressed. o MOD: Divya Seth, Interlake H.S. o PRO: Sunny Malhotra, Skyline H.S. o CON: Luke Brandes, Skyline H.S. 11:25-12:10 BLOCK 2 o MOD: Divya Seth, Interlake H.S. ROOM: Resolved, the United States annex
North Korea. o PRO: Luke Brandes, Skyline H.S. o CON: Sasha Williams, International o MOD: Vivek Gopalan, Interlake H.S.
ROOM: Resolved, the United States institute a maximum wage. o PRO: Keya Roy, Issaquah H.S. o CON: Ishaan Bhimani, Skyline H.S. o MOD: Austin Tan, Interlake H.S.
ROOM: Resolved, the United States start taking cities off the grid to promote renewable energy. o PRO: Takbir Olak, Garfield H.S. o CON: Thrisha Mohan, International o MOD: Sidney Hershey, Skyline H.S. 12:10-1:00 LUNCH AND SURPRISE ACTIVITY 1:00-1:45 BLOCK 3 ROOM: Resolved, Fidel Castro’s death was faked.
ROOM: Resolved, the United States construct a wall around our borders. o PRO: Sidney Hershey, Skyline H.S. o CON: Zahra McKee, International o MOD: Vivek Gopalan, Interlake H.S. 2:40- 3:25 KEYNOTE ROOM: Time Machine Four-Way Debate- Do we colonize mars, the moon, recover the Earth, or create a semi-habitable space station? o Earth: Jill Lambie, Central Valley o Space Station: Cameron Baird, Skyline H.S. o Mars: Priya Getchell, International o Moon: Ruhi Pudipeddi, Interlake H.S. o MOD: Vivek Gopalan, Interlake H.S. 3:25- 6:00 CLOSING & MOVIE