The Junior Statesmen of America held its 53rd state convention April 15 through 17 in Los Angeles. Drawing more than 1,000 high school students, the "Spring State" was a weekend of debates, thought-talks, Supreme Court sessions, seminars and speeches by students and expert guests.
Students debated topics such as communism, euthanasia and Social Security. Others attended the thought-talks, which featured discussions of political questions.
Future lawyers and judges faced the formidable JSA bar exam or discussed recent Supreme Court rulings.
Voting took place for those seeking office as a regional mayor, vice mayor or senator, and the weekend culminated with elections for JSA state governor, lieutenant governor and speaker.
Servite, with 50 student delegates, was Orange County's most successful chapter in the elections. Servite's Charlie Adams was elected governor; Jim Vanderpool was chosen lieutenant governor; Darryl Bryan was elected mayor, and Amir Tadjedin was chosen as a senator. Other Orange County winners were Troy's Ian Campbell (vice mayor) and Dana Hills' Chris Oprison (senator).
The weekend ended with the governor's brunch, during which California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown Jr. (D-San Francisco) spoke on the weekend's theme, "The American Dream, Illusion or Reality?"