Oconomowoc JSA competes in Madison

On December 1st and 2nd, a group of 13 students went to the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin for the Junior State of America convention. While we were there, we listened and participated in debates, thought talks, and a mock SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States).

Three of our members were either a pro or con speaker or a moderator for the debate. Junior Ella Rodewald was a moderator for the thought talk titled, “How should America contribute to global development?” Junior Grace Arnold was pro for the debate on whether fraternities and sororities should be banned from public universities. Junior Joe Middleton was pro for the debate on whether the 20 current US free trade agreements are beneficial for America.

At the end of the weekend, there were awards passed out for ¨Best Debate Speaker¨ for every debate. Grace Arnold won for her fraternities and sororities debate. Way to go, Grace!

We all had a great experience at Fall State! Here is a sampling of some of the attendees’ experience at the JSA Convention:

Grace Arnold: “I think JSA is super important because it promotes student activism and an understanding of other people. JSA is also dedicated to promoting bipartisanship and listening (in addition to debating), and I think in today’s world people don't associate those two together. In reality, you need both and need to cultivate those skills. Having conventions like fall state really make me realize all over again how much I love this club. My favorite part of Fall State is always the dance and how close everyone who attends become in so little time. I loved having so many new faces come with us this year, and I hope that we can continue to grow JSA in our school for the future.”

Gaby Torres: “This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend fall state. Not only was it held in Madison, a beautiful city but beautiful souls attended it as well. Being surrounded by my friends and so many people of diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and passions gave me hope for my generation. I can truly say that I am ecstatic for the chance to grow up and work with these brilliant minds. Watching these people work towards changing the future and bettering humanity inspired me to do the same in my own life. The slogan of JSA is simple, “be the people”. And this past weekend showed me that I was capable of being the person I want to be, the person I need to be to improve the world around me and inspire other people, in the same way.”

Elyse Fujimoto: “Fall State was no short of a blast. I think my favorite part was learning more opinions and sides of issues I care about. I highly recommend going, it’s a great opportunity!”

If this is a  type of club that sounds interesting to you and you would like to join JSA, we have pride meetings every Friday. Please come and join us!


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