After starting in Northern California, JSA reached places like Texas and what is now known as the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic State by 1990. This large, politically diverse area in the middle became known as the Midwest. In 1998, the Council of Governors accepted a petition from Lakota East named Operation Mitosis, dividing the Midwest into the Midwest state and the Ohio Kentucky Region. A concentration of JSA schools developed in Cincinnati and Kentucky, making this change necessary. The Ohio Kentucky Region was renamed the Ohio River Valley Region after growth in Ohio.
In 2003, it became the Ohio River Valley Territory, under the leadership of Governor Jessica Singleton. In order to become a territory, a region must reach certain levels of chapters and tax paid members; in order to become a state, they must reach a higher threshold. Slowly but surely, chapters started developing in areas further north, like Cincinnati. In the spring of 2005, Governor Senthu Arumugum from Miamisburg led this once territory into statehood. From there, JSA symposiums were held at OSU, which sparked the growth of more chapters in Ohio.
But while amazing development was happening in Ohio, the number of chapters in Kentucky was shrinking. In 2006-07, the ORV hit its peak with 925 tax paid members under the leadership of both Governors Matt Migala and then Katlin Rust. Gradually the ORV lost size, but it was in 2010-11 that this decrease was most noticeable; the ORV shrunk by 38%. From the spring of 2011 through the spring of 2012, Governor Saayee Arumugum, brother of Senthu Arumugum, brought the ORV to be alive and well again, with a huge increase in number of chapters. The current year of 2016-2017 looks even brighter. Even if the base has shifted from Kentucky and Cincinnati up to Cincinnati and Columbus, the ORV continues to grow and spread JSA, so that all students can enjoy all that JSA is.
List of ORV Governors & Lieutenant Governors
|Year(s) in Office||Governor, Chapter||Lieutenant Governor|
|1999 – 2000||Tony Vorell, Holy Name||N/A|
|2000 – 2001||Laetitia Piche, Lakota West||N/A|
|2001 – 2002||Dan Meyers, Kenston||N/A|
|2002 – 2003||Steven Haag, Summit Country Day||N/A|
|2003 – 2004||Jessie Singleton, Dobyns-Bennett||Nick Faulkner, Summit Country Day|
|2004 – 2005||Senthu Arumugum, Miamisburg||Benjamin Van Der Horst, Seven Hills Upper School|
|2005 – 2006||Matt Migala, Seven Hills Upper School||Jane Killian, St. Vincent – St. Mary|
|Matt Migala, Seven Hills Upper School||Katlin Rust, Scott|
|Jan-Aug 2007||Katlin Rust, Scott||Stephan Sebastian, Dobyns-Bennett|
|2007 – 2008||Rita Rochford, St. Vincent – St. Mary||Sruti Ramadugu, Avon|
|2008 – 2009||Niraj Antani, Miamisburg||Alice Xiang, Dobyns-Bennett|
|2009 – 2010||Liz Litteral, Dublin Scioto||Rachel Zupan, Ashland|
|2010 – 2011||Raja Gupta, Troy||Alex Lange, Bexley|
|2011 – 2012||Saayee Arumugum, Miamisburg||Shannon Williams, Union Local|
|2012 – 2013||Jordan Dicken||Tim Kocher, Dublin Scioto|
|2013 – 2014||Winston Underwood, Dublin Scioto||Lokita Rajan, New Albany|
|2014 – 2015||Michael Lahanas, Miamisburg||Jane Klaus, Ursuline Academy|
|2015 – 2016||Charles Zhang, New Albany||Isaac Brett Mitchell, Lakota East|
|2016 – 2017||Nari Johnson, Dublin Coffman||Thomas Pollack, New Albany|