DHS Junior Statesman of America Program Expands Horizons, Gives Students Confidence and Problem-Solving Skills
DHS Junior Statesman of America Program Expands Horizons, Gives Students Confidence and Problem-Solving Skills
Posted on 03/06/2015
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Nine Danville High School students attended the Junior Statesman of America Winter Congress this month as part of the country’s largest student-run organization. The event, students say, has given them a new way to look at the world.

 

Chapter President Austin Barringer said the experience helps students see the larger picture of civic engagement.

 

“A lot of academic events focus on winning, but this is not about winning. It’s about finding an answer to a problem and getting new ideas out where they can be discussed,” Barringer said.

 

Chapter Secretary Monica Jackson took the trip for a second time this year, and says she loves the atmosphere of event, with so many different people from around the country to talk to and learn from.

 

“Everything there is just so different. You get to hear ideas from kids in other states, and the bills are not what you would come up with everyday.” Jackson said.

 

And for some, JSA Winter Congress is about more than new experiences. For Vanessa Meece, JSA has been an integral part of her personal growth. “When I joined JSA last year as a sophomore, I couldn’t talk in class, in front of people. This helped me to be more confident as a person, to know that I could share my ideas,” Meece said.

 

And what about their favorite things from the big city? Responses ranged from public transportation to viewing the landmarks to standing in a historic place and envisioning all the famous people who have been there.

 

Learn more about JSA at www.jsa.org or get involved with the local chapter by contacting Shanna Heath at shanna.heath@danville.kyschools.us.

 

Photo caption: Students met with Congressman Guthrie in his office in Washington, D.C. From left to right:  Monica Jackson (11), Clellan McMurry (12), Tyler Montgomery (12), Congressman Brett Guthrie, Austin Barringer (12), Griffin Ross (12), Sara Barringer (9), Logan Scott (10), Vanessa Meece (10), Donda Duchscherer, Shanna Heath