Adam Cohen, Speaker Pro-Tempore
Adam is a Junior at Tarbut V’ Torah. This will be his third year in JSA and his second year on cabinet. Adam loves reading nonfiction about current scientific topics. In his free time, Adam enjoys playing the piano, golfing, and of course binge watching all the latest Netflix shows. He has a knack for languages and speaks three. Adam is looking forward to a wonderful year!
Matilda Kennamer, Director of Political Activism
Matilda Kennamer started her school’s JSA chapter after being introduced to the organization during her freshman year. She has served as chapter president ever since then, this year being her fourth and final year. She previously served on SoCal JSA cabinet as a Chapter Coordinator and was a member of the Fair Elections Committee. She attended the Gene Burd Institute on Media and Politics at UCLA, although her summers are often occupied by the Camper Leading Development program at Hollywoodland Girls Camp. She is also involved in Best Buddies and GLI, and is the head manager for her school’s champion swim team.
Sharu Suriya, Director of Political Activism
Sharu Suriya is currently a senior at Venice High School. He joined JSA when the chapter president at the time recruited him by speaking of the opportunity to become more civically aware as well as the chance to attend amazing conventions. Sharu is now the president of his school’s chapter and is serving his second year on Cabinet as a Director of Political Activism. Sharu is very excited to be back on Cabinet and wants to enjoy this year to the fullest, but also wants to accomplish many amazing things alongside his fellow Cabinet members. Outside of JSA, Sharu enjoys being apart of the Venice tennis team, attempting to learn American Sign Language, reading, learning about neuroscience, and drinking an excessive amount of coffee, while doing the aforementioned. He is also the president of his school’s Interact club and volunteers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute.
Cathy Sun, Director of Political Activism
Cathy Sun is a self-proclaimed politico, social activist, and avid writer. Junior State of America was one of her earliest gateways to civic engagement and political awareness. Through JSA, she has developed a greater understanding of the American political process and the importance of engaging youth at every level of policymaking. Cathy’s ambition has always been to become a leading figure in public service and policy. Besides empowering women, she is a firm believer in the power of activism in giving the marginalized a voice and fighting apathy with action. She is unbelievably excited to serve as a Director of Political Activism this upcoming year, and looks forward to engaging more Southern Californian youth in politics.
Sarah Saboorian, Director of Youth Advisory Boards
Sarah Saboorian is a junior at Sage Hill School. Her passion for JSA developed after her first event during her sophomore year, where she was able to engage in political discourse and meet a wide variety of people. This transformative experience enabled Sarah to cultivate her interests in government and legislature, allowing her to further develop as a student and a citizen.
Outside of JSA, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is involved in her school’s Model United Nations, debate, and mock trial teams. She is also an avid piano player and member of the investment club and volunteers as a peer tutor within her school.
Gabriel Espinosa, Director of Assembly Outreach
Gabriel, a senior at Clark Magnet High School, is currently serving as his chapter’s copresident for the 2016-2017 school year. After attending Fall State in 2015, he immediately became captivated with this extraordinary organization. Going to the other major JSA conventions throughout the year made him more impassioned and driven to serve in the Junior State. He is ecstatic about serving on cabinet and ready for the awesome year ahead.
Gamin Kim, Director of Assembly Outreach
Gamin Kim is a rising junior at West Ranch High School. Shortly after becoming a member of JSA at the end of her freshman year, Gamin was inspired by fellow members who were passionate about civic engagement and contributed deeply to the organization. Through the Junior State of America, she was able to be more informed about politics and more involved in local government. Gamin is delighted and excited to be a part of the Southern California Junior State Cabinet this year.
Her experiences in JSA include serving as Secretary in her school’s JSA chapter, attending multiple One Days and state conventions, as well as being a part of JSA’s Summer School Program at Georgetown University the past year. Gamin also has had the privilege of serving in Southern California JSA’s Cabinet as the Youth Empowered Staff Writer the previous year.
Gamin also loves spending time with family and friends. At school, she is involved with the school newspaper and multiple clubs in the areas of community service and business. Other than JSA and school, Gamin loves to read incessantly and play the flute.
Sam Truax, Director of Assembly Outreach
Sam is a senior at Carpinteria High School. While serving as an assembly member during his junior year, Sam saw the dedication, brilliance and kindness of so many JSA members, and wanted to get further involved in the organization. Sam is incredibly excited to continue being a part of JSA and to help his peers in any way possible. Sam loves participating in his school’s Mock Trial team, theater group, and is always looking for an opportunity to speak Spanish.