Gubernatorial Cabinet


Ariel Rakovitsky
Governor


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Laura BoyaJian
Chief of StafF


Laura Boyajian, a senior, proudly serves as the Mid Atlantic State Chief of Staff. In previous years, she has held the positions of CIA Agent, Vice Mayoral Chief of Staff, and NJR Vice Mayor. The only thing Laura loves more than JSA is ice cream and her feelings towards this wonderful organization can be summarized by the Leslie Knope quote, “I care. I care a lot. It’s kinda my thing.” She’s thrilled to be working with a comp sci genius and brick lover (Ariel), the future first female president (Olivia), most hard working coco (Lana), and a poetic noble land mermaid and the best chief of staff pal (Margaret).

Lana Salloum
Convention Coordinator


This is Lana’s second year on cabinet and as the best chapter’s co-president, and she is beyond excited to be serving as the convention coordinator. She hopes to follow in the large, illustrious footsteps of the one and only Jackie Sun, Queen Coco. Outside of JSA, you can find Lana running her student government, taking out her anger at taekwondo, or researching something sciencey. On the weekends you can find Lana in a lab coat and gloves at the hospital or running her program stem into STEM. Yes, she loves science as much as she loves bad puns. She can’t wait to bring the MAS to amazing heights this year and have as many people fall in love with this organization.

BellA Phillips
Assistant Convention Coordinator


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Christian Martin
Executive Director of Debate


Christian Martin is a Junior at Princeton High School. When not dreaming about ice cream or binge watching House of Cards, he will argue about anything with anyone. Christian joined JSA his second day of high school and served as a Director of Debate on Mayoral cabinet, and now serves as the Executive Director of Debate for the Mid-Atlantic State. He hopes this year to use his position to help ever JSAer find what it is they are truly passionate about.

EZRA LOEB
Director of Debate


Ezra Loeb is a Senior at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and is excited to serve as this year’s Mid-Atlantic State Director of Debate. Often asked if JSA stands for the Jewish Student Association, Ezra questions why a Jewish Day School would need to have a Jewish Student Association. Ezra is also a co-founder of his school’s Jewish Conservatives Club. Now why would a Jewish School need to label their Conservatives Club as “Jewish”? Ezra is launching an investigation to find out. Stay tuned.

BRIAN KEHOE
Director of Debate


Brian Kehoe is serving this year as the MAS Director of Debate. Last year he was the NJR DOD, and he is excited to continue working hard to make debates at conventions engaging, contentious, and fun. Aside from JSA, his hobbies include listening to music–especially indie, introspective stuff (artists like Lil’ Pump, Ugly God, etc.), and arguing with people about their most deeply held convictions at inopportune times. He is talented, intelligent, driven, and most of all, humble.

Amanda Milo
DIRECTOR OF DEBATE


Amanda Milo is a rising senior at Freehold Township High School and has served as her chapter’s Secretary, Director of Debate Education, and the NJR Director of Activism. This year she is excited to be serving as your MAS Director of Debate. She has been in JSA since she was a freshman and has never missed a regional or state convention. When she is not serving as your Director of Debate, she is busy being a die hard Yankee fan, binge watching her favorite shows (Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Office, Parks and Rec), and drawing. You will usually see Amanda wearing a dress every day, even in the winter time. Outside of JSA, she is serves on the board of various clubs at her school such as Quaestor of the Latin Club, Treasurer of Habitats for Humanity, and more. She can’t wait to serve on the 2017-2018 Gubernatorial Cabinet and encourages fellow JSAers to approach her about debate topics!

Sam HARSHBERGER
DIRECTOR OF DEBATE


Sam Harshbarger is serving as Gubernatorial Director of Debate in the coming year, and is beyond grateful for the opportunity to serve his first term in cabinet this year! He is also serving as Princeton High School Chapter Vice President. He is a junior at Princeton High School, and aside from JSA enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out at Small World Coffee. He is a prolific retweeter and enjoys staying up to the minute on politics and current policy issues, particularly regarding U.S.-Russia relations, European politics, and trade.

ANKIT PATEL
DIRECTOR OF DEBATE


Ankit Patel is a senior and Chapter President at the Middlesex County Academy. He is looking forward to yet another great year at JSA on the Mid-Atlantic State Gubernatorial Cabinet. Ankit loves debating and does so both inside and outside JSA’s walls. He also likes to participate in Model United Nations, often traveling to many national conferences. When he isn’t preparing for those or JSA by reading up on the latest world affairs, you can catch him playing soccer, running track, or preparing for a Spartan Race. If the weather isn’t as nice out you can find him inside on the Internet playing video games, watching videos on YouTube whether about said video games or history, or watching his favorite shows (he watches Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Westworld, Man in the High Castle, Gotham, Better Call Saul, to name a few, but he’s willing to add more to his list). He looks forward to making new friends in the coming year!

Nate Prisco
Director of Communications


Nathaniel Prisco is currently a senior attending Biotechnology High School and lives in Holmdel, New Jersey. Entering his fourth year of JSA, Nate is honored to serve as the Mid-Atlantic State’s Director of Communications. Besides JSA, Nate is Chief of his local police department’s Explorer program, destroys the competition in his school’s Academic Team, rows with his local club team, and shreds it on the bass in multiple jazz bands. It is believed by some that Nate has 48 hours in a day, as he is always learning new things and acquiring new skills. In his free time, one may catch Nate smoking ribs or making music. Both on and off the debate floor, Nate is a strong proponent of free market principles as well as scientific progress. Working with such an outstanding cabinet, Nate is confident that the 2017-18 year is going to be the best year yet and cannot wait to be a part of it.

NEHA LUND
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS


Neha Lund is a senior at Manalapan High School who is super excited to be serving her second year on cabinet as Director of Communications. She has been in JSA since her sophomore year, where she’s held positions on both the state and chapter level. In school, she is involved in Special Strides, Free Thinkers Society, Class Council, and Peer Leadership, and loves learning about government, history, literature, and science. Outside of school, she plays the violin (8 years going strong), works on campaigns intended to bring more youth involvement to politics, and writes for an online magazine. In her free time, she loves to travel with her family, watch the newest Vice documentary, advocate for women’s rights, try new #eats, and obsess over her planner.

MADISON RICHMOND
Director of Logistics


Madison Richmond is excited to be serving on cabinet as the MAS Co-Director of Logistics. Madison is currently a Senior at Princeton High School and previously served on the Vice-Mayoral Cabinet as Editor-in-Chief of the MAS Liberty. Born in Australia, Madison enjoys visiting her family down under and swimming on Bondi Beach. Aside from JSA, Madison is a Peer Group Leader, Corner House student leader, and the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s film publication, 151MM. Her other interests include dank memes, Frank Ocean, obscure documentaries, NJ Transit, and of course, Slack.

MEGHA JAIN
DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS


 

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AARUSHI PARASHAR
DIRECTOR OF Technology


 

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SAMARA GHALI
DIRECTOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN


Samara is extremely excited to start her first year on cabinet as the director of graphic design. She is the founder and president of her school’s chapter, and is really looking forward to contributing to JSA on a larger scale. She’s also heavily involved within her school. She has served on her student council, writes for her school newspaper, and is an active member of the school’s community service club. In her free time, she interns at a dentist’s office and makes Spotify playlists for every possible occasion. As a part-time DJ and a full-time lover of Kendrick Lamar, she’s ready to give JSA everything she has to offer.

Nikko MaRKAKOS
Director of Special and Nighttime Activities (SANTA)


 

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JOHNATHAN PERINO
Convention Aide Coordinator


John Perino is a rising senior at Leonia High School and a fourth year JSA member. This is John’s third year on cabinet. He first as an expansion agent under Ian Baum his sophomore year then as Convention Aide Coordinator under Rohan Marwaha then under Ariel Rakovitsky. John is also an expert Nerf marksman and spends his free time participating in the varsity wrestling and cross-country teams. He hopes to serve the MAS well this year in his second tenure as Convention Aide Coordinator.

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