Speakers Day in New York City

July 11, 2008
By Kristina Latino, Worcester, Massachusetts
The Junior Statesmen Summer School has a well known Speakers Program. It is frequented by some of the greatest minds and most prominent people in America. This year, students heard from speakers such as Katie Couric, Geraldine Ferraro, Jeffery Delaurentis, Brian Williams, and Ann Veneman. Attending Speakers Day was both a wonderful and unique experience. We had the opportunity to speak with guests and interact with them closely.

Katie Couric came to speak to us right after finishing an interview with John McCain. We were allowed to ask her, as well as all of the other speakers, anything we liked as long as it was done respectfully. She answered all of our questions in a friendly and informative manner. Later that night, she did the news in the same outfit we saw her in during Speakers Day.

 Geraldine Ferraro was my favorite speaker. She was funny and informative, but most of all, she was direct. She didn’t try to give diplomatic answers or circle around our questions; she answered them directly, even when it revealed a personal bias. This was refreshing and inspiring as she told us about her political journeys and beliefs.

We also went to the United Nations, and we sat in a Conference Room where U.N. debates take place. When asking questions, we were allowed to use the microphones attached to our desks. After the U.N. speakers, we went to South Street Seaport, where we grabbed dinner and shopped by the ocean. It was the perfect way to end a day filled with interesting conversation and ideas. Speakers Day was definitely a highlight of the summer school experience.



Graduation Details

July 11, 2008

Commencement exercises for the 68th session of the Junior Statesmen Summer School at Yale University will be held on Thursday, July 17th at 10:00 am. The ceremony will take place in Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall (“SSS”) on Yale University’s campus in New Haven, Conn.

Please visit http://business.yale.edu/map/ for a map of the local area as well as driving directions. We hope to see all parents, family members, and friends in attendance to share a memorable morning with their loved ones.


The Junior Statesmen Summer School at Yale Announces Speakers for Wednesday’s Program

July 5, 2008

On Wednesday, July 9th, Junior Statesmen students will travel to New York City to participate in the acclaimed Speakers Program — a highlight of the Junior Statesmen Summer School. This year, Yale students have the special privilege of hearing from notable speakers such as:

– The Honorable Geraldine Ferraro, Principal, Blank Rome Government Relations, LLC

– Ms. Katie Couric, Anchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News

– Mr. Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News

– Mr. Jeff Delaurentis, U.S. Minister Counselor, Permanent Mission of U.S. to the U.N.

– Ms. Ann Veneman, Executive Director, UNICEF

– Mr. Vikram Doraiswami, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of India to the U.N.

For a full schedule of events, please click here.


The First Exam

July 3, 2008

By Emily Wang from Troy, Michigan  

AP Government is a place to express your views and learn about your peers’ views. While not everyone completely agrees on everything; there are many similarities between every person. Everyday in class, Professor Shen gets everyone to participate in discussions and debates promoting positive learning experience and communicating a lot of information. We had many PowerPoints to assist our studying. Due to these two factors, many people felt fairly ready for the big test. However, we still knew that in order to do well on the test (15% of our grade), we would have to study a lot.


I really enjoy studying alone, but also value the benefits of studying with a group of people. Many of the people at JSA are the best and brightest around. After committing the vocabulary to memory, my roommates and I began our two hour study session together. We reviewed the PowerPoints from class, quizzed each other on vocabulary, and summarized the concepts of each chapter. Next, we each went back to our own rooms and took internet quizzes to test our knowledge on the information that we went over.


After the test, we figured out that preparation had a lot to do with what everyone thought of the test. I found that the people who studied diligently and read the required readings everyday did not think the test was that much of a challenge; however, those who did not pay much attention in class and did not do the required assignments thought the test was difficult. My advice is to finish all assignments, read the textbook, and study both independently and with a group of peers. This way, the test will not seem difficult, and you’ll start off the class in a very good way!




First Impressions

June 27, 2008

By Stacey Morgan from Hildago, Texas

Having the opportunity to participate in a dedicated and prestigious program and at an Ivy League university has been the biggest step in my education. It took me a lot to get here, but so far, the classes are great! I am in Legal Advocacy with Dr. Dilley and in Constitutional Law with Dr. Bigel. We have very committed professors and have very mature conversations about current issues. For instance, we reviewed the Gonzalez v. Carhart case about physician assisted suicide and religion.

The campus is a new experience for all of us—an initiation into college life. We are learning about different cultures from each other, and more about ourselves. I am learning how to live independently for the first time away from home.

The Congressional Workshop introduction was successfully executed as a model session. We are anxious (but also excited) for our Congressional debates.

JSA has unlocked a door for us to express our voice with knowledge and opinion. I chose to attend the Yale JSA session due to its credible Constitutional Law program; here, I am one step closer to my career goal. Speakers’ Day program in New York City invites inspirational political speakers to broaden our understanding of politics in America and the rest of world.

We are all here to perform to our best of our abilities, to ask questions, and to learn more about the political issues that are being debated throughout the country. Thank You JSA Staff! 🙂


The official homepage of the 2008 Junior Statesmen Summer School at Yale University

June 3, 2008

Welcome to the homepage of the 2008 Junior Statesmen Summer School at Yale University! For the duration of the summer, this website will serve as the portal for parents, family members, and students to access course materials, photographs, and updates about the program.

The Junior Statesmen staff is extremely excited to welcome its entering class on June 22nd for what already promises to be a memorable summer. In less than two weeks, Junior Statesmen summer school students will move into Yale’s Davenport College and kick off a summer of civic education and passionate debates. Through classroom learning, congressional workshop debates, and other activities, students won’t just learn about politics – they’ll live it.

Should any student or parent need to contact the Junior Statesmen staff at Yale University, the e-mail for the program will be JSAYale2008@gmail.com. A direct phone number to reach our office on Yale’s campus will be forthcoming. We look forward to meeting all parents and students on June 22nd!