Two JSA students spend three weeks at the nation’s capital.
Written by TAYLOR EVANKO / Published July 16, 2010
Signing up for a three-week session of classes right after the regular school year finishes is what most students are not likely to do, unless, of course, they are a part of the Junior State of America.
Two students at Temple City High School, Taylor Evanko and Joyce Kim, recently returned from Washington, D.C., where they studied government and politics at Georgetown University.
From June 20 through July 11, Evanko and Kim attended one of the Junior Statesmen Summer Schools. The Junior Statesmen Summer Schools are run by the Junior Statesmen Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, civic education organization based in San Mateo, CA and Washington, D.C.
According to the Junior State of America website, each summer school program encompasses three main components: the Speakers’ Program, Congressional Workshop, and the elective course.
“The Speakers’ Programs are what made the whole trip worth going to D.C. for,” one of the students said.
Students were transported to various government buildings, such as the Pentagon, CIA headquarters, the Israeli and Saudi Arabian embassies, and the Capitol Visitors’ Center.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Pennsylvania Congressman Mark Critz, and U.S. Army Colonel Michael Linick, a former JSA student himself, were among the speakers who spoke to the JSA summer school students.
Probably, the highlight of their program was the field trip to Capitol Hill.
“A majority of the 120 JSA students were able to meet with their elected representatives,” a student noted.
Eighteen California students also attended a brunch hosted by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Of course, the most memorable experience of the trip was probably the social time.
Evanko stated that the students watched the Fourth of July fireworks at the Iwo Jima Memorial.