Junior State of America gets Boost from Students at Springfield’s Jonathan Dayton High School

(l-r) Felicity Winter, Tamara Kissoon and Emma Gouiran Credits: Chip Dickson
(l-r) Felicity Winter, Emma Gouiran and Mary Cokeing Credits: Chip Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Dayton’s Junior State of America (JSA) students have been hold a voters’ registration drive and a “Fight Apathy” campaign during lunch periods.

The effort is meant to bring a heightened level of civic engagement being introduced to Dayton by the participating students. 

During Wednesday’s lunch period, sophomore members Emma Gouiran and Felicity Winter were at the JSA table during the early part of the lunch period.  Senior Tamara Kissoon, the Chapter President, was nearby.

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They said a number of students have registered to vote during the effort and that the group has handed out over 500 stickers as part of the “Fight Apathy” campaign, which is meant to raise awareness about political issues.

Emma Gouiran is the Chapter’s Historian as well as being in charge of its social media efforts. 

Mary Cokeing, JSA and Freshman Advisor, said, “It is good for the students to learn they have a voice and repeated a JSA mantra – Be the People.”

According to the Junior State of America website: “JSA is divided into 10 states, led by an elected Governor and appointed Cabinet members. Chapters collectively form regions within the states and are responsible for planning and executing events and activities including conferences and national activism projects.

As a student-run organization, JSA members, under the leadership of the Council of Governors (body of the 10 elected Governors), initiate, plan, and implement activities, conferences, and make policy recommendations. A JSA student sits on the JSAF Board of Directors and as a Trustee.”

New Jersey is part of the Mid-Atlantic state.

Schools within ten miles of Dayton that are JSA chapters include Kent Place School, Governor Livingston HS, Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS, Plainfield HS, West Orange HS, Watchung Hills Regional HS, J.P. Stevens HS, and Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies.

JSA is considered a non-partisan organization.

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