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Members of Ursuline Academy's JSA chapter attend the opening ceremony for the 2018 JSA Winter Congress. (Courtesy Photo)
Members of Ursuline Academy’s JSA chapter attend the opening ceremony for the 2018 JSA Winter Congress. (Courtesy Photo)

Cincinnati, OH – February 18, 2018: Twelve members of Ursuline Academy’s Junior State of America chapter attended the JSA Winter Congress held in Washington, D.C. February 16-18, 2018.

The mission of JSA is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. The Winter Congress convention allows student members to participate in debates modeled after Congressional-style legislative processes. Delegates write and submit their own bills to be debated at this convention in both House and Senate Chambers. After a bill is passed in both the House and Senate, in both initial and full committees, it becomes a law. Each chamber is moderated by a chair and a clerk. Winter Congress also hosts a variety of political parties, which delegates can participate in by applying to serve as party chairs or whips, or by attending party caucuses.

Thami Pathmarajah ’18 of Sycamore Township, co-president of Ursuline’s JSA Chapter, reflected on her experience attending the Winter Congress: “My experience at Winter Congress reaffirmed my interest in public policy. The parliamentary-style debates, which covered everything from immigration policy to the monopolies held by pharmaceutical companies, demonstrated the ability of young people to approach complex problems with open minds in a bipartisan manner. Thus, JSA truly fulfilled their mission to promote meaningful civic engagement through this convention.”


Ursuline Academy is an independent Catholic college-preparatory school for young women in grades 9 –12. Founded in 1896 in Cincinnati by the Ursulines of Brown County, St. Martin, Ohio, the school has been located at 5535 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash, Ohio since 1970.

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