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Kofa High School JSA awarded Chapter of the Year for Arizona

Kofa JSA team Kofa High School’s Junior State of America (JSA) program has been awarded the 2019-20 “Chapter of the Year” award for the state of Arizona.

Kofa’s chapter has won this distinction for a number of years in a row, and the award highlights the work being done by Kofa’s JSA student statesmen.

“Being a four year JSA member, I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying the many achievements we have had as a club,” KHS senior Juliana Ramirez Rodriguez said. “This year may not have ended in the most conventional way, but I’m extremely happy to be sharing one last win with everyone. I believe the team of officers, along with the members, deserve to celebrate the hard work they’ve put in all year to be recognized as JSAZ’s Chapter of the Year.”

The Kofa JSA program is mentored by Kofa teacher Marc Osborn, who is in his fifth year as a advisor. It is the fourth time in a row Kofa has won the award. They placed third nationally in 2016.

According to JSA’s national website, the ideal JSA chapter is the center of nonpartisan political activity and awareness on campus. A chapter that is doing the best possible job of educating, involving, and representing the youth of their school and community is living up fully to the goals of the Junior State of America. Outstanding JSA chapters have members who diligently plan, regularly attend, and actively participate in chapter, regional, and state activities such as chapter conferences, regional one-day conferences, and JSA overnight conventions. Typical chapter activities include student debates of controversial issues, guest speakers, mock trials, candidate debates, and voter education and registration drives. Outstanding JSA chapters go out of their way to encourage involvement in, and understanding of, the democratic process, and participation in programs sponsored by the Junior State of America and the Junior Statesmen Foundation.

Ian Coltman