THE MIDWEST CABINET, 2017-2018

At the heart of every successful organization is a group of dedicated individuals working diligently behind the scenes to make everything possible. Nowhere is this made clearer than within The Junior State of America, the nation’s largest student-run organization, with the Midwest State proud to be the home of some of JSA’s best leaders.

At Spring State, the third and final convention of each year, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected by delegates in attendance from all across the Midwest to lead their state for the following year. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor then review countless Cabinet Applications to appoint and direct a Cabinet focused on improving and expanding the Midwest State.

Below is the official 2017-2018 Midwest Cabinet filled with dedicated and talented individuals serving in the Executive, Convention, Debate, Publicity and Communications,  Chapter Internal Affairs, Expansion, Fundraising, Activism, and Summer School departments. With an exciting year up ahead and an enthusiastic cabinet leading the way, the Midwest State is ready to soar to new heights!

To see Cabinet members dating back to 2012, look here.

 

Governors:


PROFILE PICName:
 Colin Jensen
Chapter:
Naperville Central
Position:
Governor
Email:
cjensen@jsa.org
Bio:  
Colin is elated to be the 2017-2018 Midwest Governor! Having the unique opportunity to preview JSA when he was in 8th grade, Colin instantly fell in love with the people, method, and atmosphere of the organization. When Colin finally became a freshman, he knew that becoming more involved in this organization would only create unforgettable experiences and give me the opportunity to meet incredible individuals. JSA has harbored an extraordinary amount of personal growth for Colin. JSA has given him endless friendships, and has allowed Colin to become a better leader, speaker, and overall person. Colin cannot wait for more sleepless nights and is excited to share the same everlasting experience he has had to other JSAers.

Since becoming a freshman until now, he’s had the opportunity to be the Chapter President of Naperville Central High School, work as a Fundraising Agent on the Midwest State Cabinet, and become the Chief of Staff for both the Midwest State and for the 2017 MidSoHio Winter Congress. Colin is addicted to Netflix, Starbucks, travel, and can never get enough of Gossip Girl while baking something exquisite. He also is involved in a national math honors society, enjoys playing tennis in his free time, and lives with a very sassy cat that embodies him rather well. Moreover, Colin is involved with Argonne National Laboratories and Fermilab, and works as a head coach for tennis at his local park district.

With this being his last year, this upcoming year, Colin’s visions for the State are to create an even more memorable and rewarding experience for those who are a part of JSA, and begin to capitalize on the size of the Midwest. His goals include to create a more interconnected state with higher quality conventions, and focus on expansion to introduce more diverse viewpoints into conventions.


ProfilePicName:
Anmol Parande
Chapter:
Vernon Hills
Position:
Lieutenant Governor
Email:
aparande@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Anmol is a senior at Vernon Hills High School. When he joined JSA in his Freshman year, he saw it as a way to become more vocal and break out of his usually reserved personality. Once he joined, he realized JSA wasn’t just a means to change his character; it was something that he loved. He has served as a Debate Agent, the LTG Chief of Staff, and the 2017 Winter Congress SuperCabinet Bill Director. Aside from JSA, he is very involved in school, participating in clubs such as Robotics, Math Team, and FBLA. He has also been part of the Varsity Tennis Team for the past three years. Outside of school, he loves to develop iOS apps, read books, and play tennis. As Lieutenant Governor, he hopes to continue raising the Midwest to new heights by heightening the role of technology and increasing the efficiency of Cabinet.

 

Executive:

cab 17-18 headshot option aName: Max Zhang
Chapter:
 Naperville North
Position:
Chief of Staff
Email:
 mzhang@midwest.jsa.org
Bio:
 As a junior at Naperville North High School, Max Zhang is elated to be entering his third year of JSA and Cabinet! He’s served as a Debate Agent, a CIA Agent, MidSoHio SuperCabinet Fundraising Agent, and his chapter’s Vice President in the past; this coming year, he’ll be serving as the Midwest’s Chief of Staff and Chapter President for Naperville North. To him, this coming year will be full of excellent opportunities for the Midwest State and he’s looking forward to working with Cabinet to capitalize on them. Outside of JSA, Max participates in a feminist discussion group, his school’s literary magazine, the Genius.com volunteer editor team, and a number of string ensemble groups. His most marketable skills outside of fighting apathy include profusely using Facebook Messenger, writing mediocre poetry, and finding bizarre foreign alternative music to sample. At this point in his life, he’s realized it’s better to turn lemons into decorative show pieces for angsty photoshoots rather than attempt lemonade production, and prefers window seats on airplanes despite having a middle seat type personality. Feel free to contact him whenever by email, phone, or Facebook Messenger!

 

Convention:

unnamedName: Yulia Kornikova
Chapter:
 Vernon Hills
Position:
Convention Coordinator
Email:
 ykornikova@midwest.jsa.org
Bio:
 A senior at Vernon Hills High School, Yulia is excited to continue being part of the Midwest Cabinet for her third year. Not only is she continuing her phenomenal career as the Convention Coordinator this year, but she is also thrilled to be taking over after the amazing reign of Alhan Sayyed. When Yulia joined JSA her freshman year, she was such an awkward child. Throughout the past three years, though, her confidence and love for JSA has only grown. Outside of JSA, Yulia is also part of FBLA, Robotics, Math Team, and her school’s dance company Orchesis. Her life revolves around her camera, coffee, food, Netflix, her two dogs, and JSA. Feel free to reach out to her to see pictures of coffee art and sunsets, talk about your problems, or learn how to use manual focus.

 

Debate:

20206189_453340491688951_991488334_nName: Ceci Gao
Chapter:
Vernon Hills
Position:
Director of Debate
Email:
cgao@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
At the start of her freshman year, Ceci stumbled into her first JSA meeting without an interest in politics nor an ability to give a coherent speech. She had no expectation that JSA and the people in the organization would so significantly impact her life. She has previously served as a Debate Agent and is undeniably thrilled to be a member of the Debate Department once again. A junior at Vernon Hills High School, Ceci is also ecstatic to serve as the Vernon Hills chapter’s Vice President this year. When Ceci is not consumed by JSA, she can be found playing flute both as a solo musician and in various ensembles, participating in her school’s WYSE team, and avoiding foods that contain lactose. She enjoys listening to classical and alternative music (sometimes simultaneously), attempting to broaden her literary horizons, and sporadically making large amounts of food for anyone other than herself. Ceci is ready to elevate debate quality across the Midwest to never-before-seen heights, and in doing so, irrevocably prove that her department reigns supreme.

 

HeadshotName: Liam Keating
Chapter:
 Skyline
Position: 
Debate Agent
Email:
 lkeating@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Liam is a senior at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Liam joined JSA as a freshman and has served as the treasurer for Skyline, where he will be the Chapter President this year. Liam has attended as many JSA conventions as possible since he was a freshman, finally completing what some have dubbed “the trifecta” – Fall State, Winter Congress, and Spring State – as a junior. JSA has lit a fire under Liam’s passion for policy and politics and has simultaneously revolutionized his speaking style. He now arguably says more with his hands than he does with his mouth. Outside of JSA, Liam is a member of the Michigan High School Democrats’ executive board, a captain of the Skyline Water Polo team, an editor of Skyline’s literary magazine, and a tutor in the Skyline Writing Center. In his free time, Liam can be found playing golf or doing something similarly boring with his friends, fuming over the abhorrently gerrymandered 7th Congressional district of Michigan, or grabbing sweaty men in a pool. Liam is ready to elevate debate quality across the Midwest to never-before-seen heights, and in doing so, irrevocably prove that his department reigns supreme.

 

IMG_0744Name: Liam Clark
Chapter:
 Naperville Central
Position:
Debate Agent
Email:
 lclark@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Liam Clark is a junior at Naperville Central High School. Through the course of his 16 years on Planet Earth, Liam always longed for something more. He traveled high and low, through mountains and valleys, through many rivers and lakes, only to finally find what he was looking for in a place where he least expected it: Mrs. Starke’s room on Thursdays at 3:30. It was there where he met the greatest JSA chapter ever to roam the face of the Midwest: NCHS. Liam loves to debate, and JSA gave Liam the perfect platform to do it. It was on August 23rd, 2016 that Liam dedicated himself to the Junior State and vowed to make the most of his experience. In December, Liam applied for Midyear Cabinet and served the following semester as an Expansion Agent. This year, the Clarkmeister is back and better than ever and is ecstatic to be serving as a Debate Agent for the 2017-2018 school year. It is in Debate Department that Liam, along his fellow comrades, will elevate debate quality across the Midwest to never-before-seen heights, and in doing so, irrevocably prove that his department reigns supreme.

 

Bio Photo 2017Name: Maya Benziger
Chapter:
 District 204
Position:
Debate Agent
Email:
 mbenziger@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Maya is a senior in the rogue-vogue chapter of District 204. Encouraged by friends who advised her that “the choir room maybe wasn’t the best place for a gun control debate,” Maya joined JSA her sophomore year and has loved it ever since. She adores the people, the passion, and the discussion and cannot wait to give back to this wonderful organization as a Debate Agent! When not gesturing wildly in JSA, Maya sings in the Young Naperville Singers as well as multiple school choirs, paints for her art commission business, and writes on just about everything. She likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain as well as making obscure references in regular conversation. And, without a doubt, she wears the most outlandish earrings you have ever seen. Maya Benziger is ready to elevate debate quality across the Midwest to never-before-seen heights, and in doing so, irrevocably prove that her department reigns supreme.

 

IMG_6348Name: Litsa Kapsalis
Chapter: Lake Forest High School
Position: Debate Agent
Email: lkapsalis@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: Litsa (LEE-tsa) Kapsalis is a sophomore and the Chapter President at Lake Forest High School. Before joining her middle school’s debate club in seventh grade, she knew debate was something she would be passionate about and something she craved. She joined JSA in the beginning of her freshman year with a desire to address the issues facing society and to elevate her speaking skills. JSA did that for her and so much more by introducing her to a diverse community of welcoming individuals who all shared the same enthusiasm. Through JSA, Litsa interned at an online start-up company that engages the world in civil political discourse. Outside of JSA, Litsa participates in the Illinois Congressional Debate Association, Model United Nations, Math Team, and Orchestra (violin). When she’s not practicing her Greek and French, she can be found playing piano, volunteering, acting, dancing, running, and biking. Don’t ask her about Greek mythology, because she won’t stop.  Litsa is ready to elevate debate quality across the Midwest to never-before-seen heights, and in doing so, irrevocably prove that her department reigns supreme.

 

Publicity and Technology:

image1-2Name: Chelsea Oh
Chapter:
 Metro Detroit
Position:
Director of Publicity
Email:
coh@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Chelsea is a junior at the International Academy East. She joined JSA her freshman year for the road trips with her friends but ended up loving the conferences just as much as the rides there! She is more than excited for her second year on Cabinet as well as her second year as Vice President for her chapter. Outside of JSA, she is a part of HOSA and plays tennis for her school. In her free time, she can be found taking extremely long naps, consuming very unhealthy amounts of gummy bears, and telling terrible dad jokes. Chelsea is stoked to be the Director of Publicity and cannot wait for an amazing year!

 

Name:bio pics Sen Kalidoss
Chapter:
 Naperville North
Position: Deputy Directory of Publicity
Email:
skalidoss@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Sen is a junior and the chapter Vice President at Naperville North High School. Now going into his third year in JSA, he had no idea his freshman year that one organization would have such an impact on him. Spending last year as a Publicity Agent, he quickly learned the ropes and found a great community within JSA. This year, he is elated to continue serving on Publicity. Outside of JSA, Sen is very involved in his school’s robotics team, tennis, Scholastic Bowl, and Peer Tutoring. He is also an avid car enthusiast, enjoys every moment of his precious (and increasingly elusive) sleep, but most importantly, is ready for another year of bringing the Midwest Publicity Department to new heights!

 

FullSizeRenderName: Claire Yu
Chapter:
 Naperville Central
Position:
Publicity Agent
Email:
cyu@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
After being fascinated by a JSA poster hanging in her school’s hallway, Claire stumbled into her first chapter meeting halfway through freshman year and found herself coming back every week for more. Ecstatic to serve the State as a Publicity Agent her sophomore year, she, along with the rest of the department, strives to spread the unique experience that is the Midwest through writing articles covering the major highlights of conventions and conferences, designing graphics for countdowns, and taking as many pictures as humanly possible! When not doing any of the aforementioned endeavors, you can find her drafting reviews for the Central Times, composing melodramatic poetry for her school’s literary magazine, and synchronously munching on bunny graham crackers. She is also a classical pianist, and loves to expand her repertoire by branching out into different time periods of music. Though constantly bombarded with schoolwork, her mind will always find itself wandering back to JSA, anxiously anticipating all the amazing experiences to come. If you would like to discuss upcoming movies, reflect upon past conventions, or simply just want to chat about life in general, feel free to contact her via e-mail!

 

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 6.36.44 PMName: Atabong Khumbah
Chapter:
 Washtenaw International 
Position:
Publicity Agent
Email:
akhumbah@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Atabong is a current senior at Washtenaw International High School (WIHI) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He first started his JSA journey as a Midyear applicant his junior year. Atabong’s favorite parts about JSA are getting the opportunity to share his viewpoints on a larger platform and the inspiration that he gets from attending JSA events as they push him to think beyond his usual perspective and become more politically engaged. This year, he is especially looking forward to helping JSA gain greater popularity in the region, and spending an actual full year on Cabinet. On a more personal level, Atabong usually spends his free time playing sports, reading, or spending time with his friends. His favorite sport is soccer, and he is the goalkeeper for both his high school’s varsity team and his club team. In his not so free time he participates in a host of extracurriculars including Student Government and HOSA. The best way to spark a conversation with him? Mention Africa and he’ll take it from there.

 

IMG_3290 (2)Name: Ila Gupta
Chapter:
 District 204
Position:
Publicity Agent
Email:
igupta@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Ila Gupta is a sophomore at Neuqua Valley High School. Ila joined JSA during her Freshman year and continued to attend meetings after getting to know all of the kind and encouraging people involved. Now a rising sophomore, she looks forward to capturing JSA’s most exciting moments through photography in addition to debating every chance she gets. JSA has encouraged her to see different perspectives and become more involved in her community. Outside of JSA, Ila is involved in Best Buddies, Interact, Jazz Band, and Marching Band while also always striving to make the world’s best waffles. This year, Ila hopes to make some more memories by meeting new people and being a part of all that JSA has to offer.

 

Communications:

New ProfileName: Andy Wang
Chapter: 
District 204
Position:
Director of Communications 
Email:
 awang@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Andy is currently a senior at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. Andy joined JSA his freshman year after being enticed by free food by Alhan Sayyed. Since then, Andy has attended every single major JSA convention and has served on his chapter’s executive board. His highlight was helping D204, as the rogue and vogue chapter, win the Chapter of the Year last year. Andy may have came to JSA for the food, but he stayed for the fam. Besides debating on every single issue possible, Andy is involved in Democratic politics and is a member of the swim team. When he’s not up until the wee hours of the night cramming for the next day’s test, Andy is an avid reader, pianist, and older brother. Andy is thrilled to serve in the smallest department of the Midwest, and is looking forward to a great year!

 

IMG_2795 (1)Name: Floria Tsui
Chapter: 
Skyline
Position: 
Communications Agent
Email:
 ftsui@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Floria is currently a junior at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since joining JSA her sophomore year, she has served on her chapter’s exec board and gone to multiple conventions; she is also now the Vice President of her (sometimes) chaotic but passionate chapter. Besides debating her heart out, Floria tutors people in writing, and participates in her school’s student government and forensics team. When she isn’t busy, she is usually found in bed reading, banging the keys on the piano, doodling random things, and annoying her sister. Floria is thrilled to serve on Midwest Cabinet, and is looking forward to a great year!

 

Chapter Internal Affairs:

34252295406_8b86f7874c_kName: Emmet Brady
Chapter:
Lake Forest
Position:
CIA Director
Email:
embrady@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: Emmet Brady is a Senior at Lake Forest High School in Illinois. This is his second year on Cabinet, but his fourth as a part of JSA. The younger brother of Midwest JSA legend Eily Brady, Emmet is extremely excited to start work as the director of the department that she, too, directed. Aside from JSA, Emmet participates in the Illinois Congressional Debate Association, Intramural Basketball, French Club, and Scholastic Bowl. When he’s not engaged in JSA-related activities, you can find Emmet either studying, keeping informed, or doing college applications. Although taking breaks to take care of the aforementioned activities, Emmet always finds himself back either thinking or talking about the Midwest.

 

05EEC75D-C7B8-45F6-A428-6525B2238B1C-8646-000007B788744C38_tmpName: Ann Zhao
Chapter:
Naperville North
Position:
CIA Agent
Email:
azhao@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Ann Zhao is a sophomore at Naperville North High School. After joining JSA her freshman year thanks to a convincing pitch from a now-graduated member and a bit of persuasion from her friend, she grew to love the club, attending almost every meeting, learning as much as she could about how politics influences us and how we can influence politics, meeting new people, and improving her speaking skills. In her free time, she can be seen reading all kinds of books, playing piano, watching Crash Course videos, making baked goods, or floating around on social media. She lives in a constant state of denial of the passage of time.

 

IMG_3521Name: Rutvi Jatla
Chapter:
Naperville North
Position:
CIA Agent
Email:
rjatla@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Rutvishri (Rutvi) is currently a senior at Naperville North High School, and this will be her second year as a CIA Agent. She joined JSA her freshman year and was amazed at how dedicated and involved the members were. Her first convention was Fall State 2014. There, she enjoyed her time by participating in her first debate and meeting people with very diverse opinions on issues. Since then, she has tried to attend every major convention and a number of chapter conferences. Being in JSA made her feel as part of a family that will always be there for each other. She has recently serviced as the Naperville North’s Chapter President, and is now its Director of Debate. Outside of her JSA double life, she can be found hanging out with her friends, tutoring her peers and young children, or working hard in school. She also spends her time volunteering for spelling/math competitions and Indian cultural programs. She is honored to be part of Cabinet and help make the Midwest thrive for another year.

 

IMG_7094 (3)Name: Anne Bugayong
Chapter:
 District 204
Position:
CIA Agent
Email:
abugayong@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Anne Bugayong has been enamored with JSA since her first District 204 meeting as a sophomore. Finding this “rogue/vogue” chapter has introduced her not only to a welcoming family, but the opportunity to start initiating change around her. Entering her second year in JSA as a junior, she will become a general executive board member in her chapter after previously serving as a chapter Activism Agent; she’ll also serve as a CIA Agent in the Mid(Best) Cabinet. Aside from engaging in fierce debates and expressing her bleeding heart, Anne is involved in Youth for Christ,  Youth and Government, Business Professionals of America, the Aurora Peer Jury Youth Court, and the Waubonsie Valley Badminton Team. Along with keeping up with her active schedule and challenging school-load, Anne enjoys reading, listening to (almost) all music, binge watching, and hanging out with family and friends. Anne is extremely excited to become a CIA Agent and involve herself in a deeper part of JSA. She is humbled and filled with gratitude to be a part of such an amazing organization and working with many passionate and civically engaged individuals. She is looking forward to creating new friendships and connections! Don’t hesitate to reach out and contact Anne through Facebook, her JSA email, or at 331-431-1165.

 

headshot (1)Name: Avigail Bailon
Chapter:
 Morton East
Position:
CIA Agent
Email:
abailon@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Avigail (Avi) Bailon is a junior at Morton East High School. Following her first year in JSA, she was inspired by her peers to apply for Cabinet and work closely with others to make JSA stronger after attending the Montezuma Leadership Summit in California. As the first person from her chapter to be on Midwest Cabinet, she hopes to inspire her chapter members to apply for Cabinet in future years and become more involved in JSA as to contribute to the Midbest region. Outside of JSA, she can be found in a pile of school work or with her face stuffed in a book. She loves going out and being social but she can also curl up and watch endless hours of Netflix shows alone. Not only is she a vegetarian, she is a constant animal rights activist. She’s honored to be a part of JSA and Cabinet to make the Midwest flourish for another amazing year.

 

unnamedName: Susie Lopez
Chapter:
 Morton West
Position:
CIA Agent
Email:
slopez@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Susie started her freshman year knowing that her goal was to join JSA at Morton West, so she first stepped into that room after school Thursday excited. She was greeted warmly and welcomed by her peers. After speaking for the first time her freshman year, she immediately fell in love with JSA. Susie started taking initiative and being more involved with JSA at her school and with the Midwest. Her junior year she was secretary for her chapter, and now entering her senior year, she will be the President of the Morton West chapter. Susie is very excited to not only help her chapter grow, but also help the Midwest grow by being the best CIA agent!

 

Name: Sophia TimbanIMG_4865
Chapter:
 Metro Detroit
Position:
Isolated and Collapsing Chapter Specialist
Email: stimban@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: Sophia Timban is a senior at International Academy East in Michigan. After spending sophomore year as a Fundraising Agent on Cabinet and junior year as the Director of Fundraising on Cabinet, Sophia is ecstatic to venture into a different department of Cabinet as the Isolated and Collapsing Chapter Specialist. Sophia is excited to help make Midwest JSA the Midbest, and plans to work her hardest as the ICCS to make every JSAer’s experience the best. Aside from JSA, Sophia’s favorite hobby is going to restaurants and eating. She is also a classical pianist and enjoys art. Additionally, Sophia plays tennis for her high school team and is also part of three honors societies, BuildOn, Full Orchestra, and Jazz Band. In her free time, you can find Sophia watching Netflix, going on Twitter, dancing, cooking, shopping, napping, drawing, listening to music, making jokes, and constantly laughing. Sophia can’t wait to apply her passion for JSA to the Midwest State, and is looking forward to a great year.

 

Expansion:

IMG_5104Name: Cecelia McDermott
Chapter:
 Appleton North
Position:
Director of Expansion
Email:
cmcdermott@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Cecelia McDermott is a senior at Appleton North High School.  After finding JSA online on a cold, December evening, Cecelia knew that this organization was about to change her life.  Quickly, she found herself driving to Illinois all too frequently, improving her debate skills, and forging connections with new faces across the Midwest.  Cecelia is elated to serve her first year on Cabinet with the inarguably-best department.  Outside of JSA, Cecelia can be found drafting unnecessary spreadsheets, laughing at her own jokes, impulsively going out for ice cream, or “doing it for the ‘gram.”  She can’t wait to expand JSA and allow more students an opportunity to interact with the encouraging, intelligent statesmen of the Midwest.

 

image1Name: Angie Dauber
Chapter:
 Naperville North
Position:
Expansion Agent
Email:
adauber@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Angie Dauber is a sophomore at Naperville North High School. She joined JSA her freshman year and soon realized that JSA deserves more of her attention than choir and marching band. She discovered JSA when she attended JSA Summer School at Princeton as a Freshman Scholar, taking AP U.S. Government. This summer, she took AP Macroeconomics at JSA Summer School at Stanford. She has attended all the major conventions so far, including 2017 Summer State, since that’s a thing they do at Stanford. Other than JSA, Angie participates in Scholastic Bowl, Girl Scouts, tutoring, and playing euphonium in band. In her free time, she can be found reading webcomics, watching Youtube, scrolling through memes on Facebook, listening to various showtunes and nerdy music, and attempting to get over her fear of people. She is super hyped to be part of the Expansion Department this year.

 

IMG_4034Name: Tatiana Washington
Chapter:
Rufus King
Position:
Expansion Agent
Email:
twashington@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Tatiana fell in love with JSA at Fall State her sophomore year while at Brookfield Central. She transferred to Rufus King the second semester of her sophomore year, where she started a chapter. Now as a junior, Tatiana is Chapter President for Rufus King’s first year as a chapter and it is her first year on Cabinet! Tatiana knows how challenging it can be starting a chapter, as she has went through the process herself. However, she firmly believes JSA is one of the most rewarding experiences ever and is worth every single hardship. Other than JSA, she enjoys spending an excessive amount of time and money on concerts, watching sitcoms from the 90s, and expressing her love for Betty White. She shamefully loves watching The Bachelor/ette while consuming a pint of ice cream. She has been in love with Justin Bieber since she was eight years old and her only real goal in life is to meet him. She is so excited to help expand the Midwest State and is always available if anyone ever has questions!

 

IMG_9612Name: Andrehyu Allen
Chapter:
 Urbana
Position: 
Expansion Agent
Email:
 aallen@midwest.jsa.org
Bio:
 Andrehyu Allen, an Expansion Agent for the Midwest JSA, is an incoming senior at Urbana High School in Urbana, Illinois. Typically he enjoys playing the Viola, writing cases for his school’s debate team or casually wearing pink more often than he should. He is the Illinois State Champion for JV Public Forum Debate, as well as the self-proclaimed world champion of sleeping through APUSH. This is Andrehyu’s first year in JSA, and he’s hyped up over how exciting JSA is gonna be!

 

180041CC-D251-45D9-B98F-A5C44F6B69B6Name: Meghan Hendrix
Chapter:
 Illinois Math and Science Academy
Position: 
Expansion Agent
Email: 
mhendrix@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Meghan is a junior and the Vice President of IMSA’s JSA chapter. She joined JSA a few days into her sophomore year, where she quickly found an amazing community that allowed her to explore her interest in politics. This is her second year as part of Expansion, and she is hyped to help make the Midwest the Midbest. Outside of JSA, Meghan does Public Forum Debate, Club Terra (IMSA’s residential club for screaming about trees), and INSPIRE (public speaking education). She is also an RSL, which helps get new IMSA students accustomed to nerd life. In addition, she is a cofounder of Inspirulina, an algae-related nonprofit. When she has free time, she enjoys cuddling animals, hanging with buds, taking pictures, and shamelessly plugging JSA in conversations.

 

Fundraising:

IMG_1400Name: Waverly Dooling
Chapter:
 Naperville Central
Position:
Director of Fundraising – Logistics
Email:
 wdooling@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
At the beginning of her freshman year, Waverly only joined JSA to impress her English teacher because she so happened to be the TA for NCHS JSA. Two years later, Waverly proudly says that JSA is her favorite after school activity. Currently, she is serving as her chapter’s Vice President and the Midwest Fundraising Logistics Director. She is looking forward to raising money for the Midwest Scholarship Fund and the Junior State of America Foundation in order to help JSA thrive as a whole. Besides JSA, Waverly enjoys dancing with her school’s orchesis team, unintentionally missing a month of school per semester, arguing with people about anything in the current news, and working endless hours at her local frozen yogurt shop (not). Furthermore, Waverly regularly listens to music ranging from scary rap to golden oldies to weird underground indie. Waverly is ecstatic for her junior year, and she can’t wait to assist in continuing the growth and success of Midwest JSA. The Midwest will always be the Midbest!

 

30249413955_bf1f13dbd7_o-1Name: Hayden Lau
Chapter:
 Vernon Hills
Position:
Director of Fundraising – Design
Email:
hlau@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Vibrant and outgoing, Hayden is a senior at Vernon Hills High School and excited to be on Cabinet. He has attended all the major conventions since joining JSA and fell in love at his first meeting. Compounded with his love for JSA, he plays golf competitively as well as participating in FBLA, Robotics, and Math Team. Undoubtedly, his life seems to revolve around JSA and other academic interests. Like the rest of his Fundraising Department, he can’t wait to forcibly convince you to buy merchandise and support the Midwest Scholarship Fund. Truly excited for the upcoming year, Hayden can’t wait to meet all of his fellow JSAers!

 

FullSizeRender (1)Name: Christopher Xu
Chapter:
 Naperville Central
Position: 
Fundraising Agent
Email:
 cxu@midwest.jsa.org
Bio:
An incoming junior at Naperville Central High School, Christopher is looking forward to a great year on Midwest Cabinet as a Fundraising Agent. Having actively participated in JSA since freshman year, he is ready to do even more for the Midwest State. Christopher found his deep passion for discussion and civic engagement in JSA, and hopes to further his understanding of the political climate. When not debating, he can be seen practicing martial arts and getting down with Fitness Marshall. Aside from his love for Ariana Grande, Samantha Bee, and Gordon Ramsay, Christopher is looking forward to serving the Midwest!

 

IMG_4870Name: Neil Kasbekar
Chapter:
 Naperville Central
Position: 
Fundraising Agent
Email:
nkasbekar@midwest.jsa.org
Bio:
Enticed by his friends’ frequent conversations about the club, Neil attended his first JSA meeting his sophomore year. After participating in a heated gavel debate that questioned the very contributions of feminism, he was hooked. Through constantly reading articles and initiating political discussions, Neil was obsessed with JSA’s friendly atmosphere and debate. His passion grew after attending every major convention in his first year and making some unforgettable memories along the way. Now, with a goal of giving back to the organization by being on Cab, Neil plans to work his hardest to make an impact as a new Fundraising Agent. Outside of JSA, you can find him ranting about sociopolitical issues at any club that will allow him, shopping online for extraneous items, playing tennis, or attempting to cook food as ethnic as possible. He is anxious to begin his work and can’t wait to be part of such a stellar team!

 

kelseyName: Kelsey Carido
Chapter:
 Vernon Hills
Position: 
Fundraising Agent
Email:
 kcarido@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Kelsey is a senior at Vernon Hills High School and is so excited to be a Fundraising Agent this year. She previously served as an Activism Agent in junior year. She loves learning about politics and hearing people’s opinions on important issues. She is involved in choir, theater, FBLA, and plays lacrosse in the spring. She is so excited to be working with such talented and hardworking people.

 

Activism:

shirleyName: Shirley Wu
Chapter:
Naperville Central
Position:
Midwest Co-Director of Activism, National Director of Activism
Email:
swu@jsa.org
Bio: 
Shirley is a senior at Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois. Since joining JSA her sophomore year, she has fallen in love with the atmosphere of conventions, how eloquently everyone speaks, not to mention the people themselves. She has served as an Activism Agent and the Director of Activism on Midwest Cabinet the previous two years. This year, she has the honor of being the Chapter President of her school’s JSA chapter, as well as joining the Activism Team once more as a Co-Director with Jessica. Shirley is eager to help promote the involvement of youth in politics and current affairs. Topics she is most passionate about include healthcare, education, and equal rights. Outside of JSA, Shirley spends her time competing with peers in BPA, a club in which she co-leads at her school. Her favorite pastime is lazying around at home. That is, until her friends finally drag her out. She is grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait for all that is in store this year!

 

DSC_0680 (3)Name: Jessica Liu
Chapter:
District 204
Position:
Co-Director of Activism
Email:
jliu@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Jessica is a junior at Neuqua Valley High School. After a friend’s elevator pitch convinced her to check out JSA her freshman year, she was delighted to find a place where she could develop her debate skills, explore new perspectives, and work with incredible people to drive change in the world. JSA has pushed her out of her comfort zone too many times to count, and she’s thankful for it. Outside of JSA, Jessica participates in a couple of school clubs, is mediocre at a couple of instruments, and plays on the tennis team. In her spare time, she tries to keep up with K-pop, J-rock, anime, and global issues at the same time. She also runs an Instagram page dedicated to birds (feel free to ask her for the username). Jessica is thrilled to be serving on Midwest Cabinet as Activism Co-Director and on D204’s Executive Board as Fundraising Director this year. She looks forward to improving the Midwest State with Cab, and is determined to take Midwest Activism to new heights!

 

IMG_2817Name: Seraphina Botero
Chapter: Pioneer
Position:
Activism Agent
Email:
sbotero@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Seraphina is a rising junior at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She’s known that JSA was the home for her since she walked into her first Opening Ceremony at Fall State Los Angeles. A 2,500 mile move from one Cabinet to another did nothing to diminish her love for the organization and politics. This year, she’s looking forward to starting her own chapter and completing her Girl Scout Gold Award activism project. In her spare time, Seraphina enjoys surfing, playing the violin, asking strangers if she can pet their dogs, reading, debating imaginary Republicans, and standardized testing.

 

20394780_481922088807812_473037806_oName: Liana Koleva
Chapter: Illinois Math and Science Academy
Position:
Activism Agent
Email:
 lkoleva@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
Liana is a junior at the Illinois Math and Science Academy. She joined JSA as a cringey sophomore due to promises of traveling to conventions and a deep desire to participate in something more politically enlightening than her old school’s debate team. She loves the unique atmosphere of support for open discussion and debate at JSA conventions, and she is excited to have a hand in organizing them. Outside of JSA, Liana likes to run, travel, host face mask parties, run, take artsy pics, excessively snapchat, run, build robots, not sleep, run, take science tests for medals, participate in Econ Club, and run. If you want to talk to her for some reason, shoot her a message at (224) 857-9162.

 

Summer School:

IMG_8153Name: Ravina Sachdev
Chapter:
 Brookfield Central
Position:
 Director of Summer School
Email:
 rsachdev@midwest.jsa.org
Bio: 
As a junior at Brookfield Central High School, Ravina (RavMoney) Sachdev is elated to be the Midwest Director of Summer School. After attending the 2016 New Jersey Institute at Princeton University, Ravina is determined to increase Midwest attendance to the Summer School programs. Ravina believes that JSA Summer School is a haven for students who crave a full and diverse JSA experience that extends beyond monthly Chapter Conventions. She continues to serve as the Director of Publicity/Recruitment for her chapter, and has ambitious goals for Brookfield JSA’s upcoming year. When she’s not spewing political raps, RavMoney is often found eating unsalted cashews, almonds, and other exotic nuts. Aside from JSA, Ravina plays Varsity Tennis for BCHS, and is a chief editor for her school newspaper. In addition, she enjoys coining wholesome puns that pertain to various Indian cultures. As the Director of Summer School, Ravina will serve as a constant source of information and guidance to those who wish to pursue JSA Summer School.

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