On high school campuses across the country, there are students concerned with what is happening around them – students interested in politics and government, foreign affairs, the law and education. The Junior State of America (JSA) was created by and for these young people. Since its founding in 1934, more than 500,000 student members have become active, informed citizens through JSA. JSA allows for an exchange of ideas through stimulating student debates, thought talks, problem solving and a variety of simulations. By participating in these activities, each member gains a more intelligent and informed viewpoint. JSA also provides a wonderful chance to meet and make friends with scores of other bright, involved students who have similar interests. It’s an experience that no young person would want to miss. Our chapter at Francis Lewis High School has proudly written and debated several proposals at Fall State, Winter Congress and Spring State for the Northeast and continue to build their experiences and relationships around the region.