BERWYN – Morton West High School was named as the National Chapter of the Month for their efforts in the past two years by the Junior State of America.
In January, Morton West hosted its first chapter conference where more than 75 students from more than a dozen schools participated in intensive debate.
In February, Morton’s Junior State of America sent 35 students to the Winter Congress in Washington, D.C., where they were named the National Junior State of America chapter of the month by the congress committee.
The national publication of the Junior State of America stated: “With all that the Morton West JSA chapter has accomplished, it’s hard to believe they were only founded in November 2012. Morton West is the embodiment of tight-knit, lively and passionate chapter.”
Morton West social science teacher David Rose serves as sponsor of the group.
Cabinet members include Daisy Noriega, president; Noah Chain, vice-president; Niquan Dawson, chief of staff; Jade Sanchez, assistant chief of staff; Angelica Zepeda, director of debates; Gabriela Morales, secretary; Elva De La Torre, treasurer; Tony Ramirez, fundraising director; Denise Sala, assistant fund raising director; Brianna Wahlstrom, activism director; Matthew Ramirez, director of propaganda; Leo Chi, assistant director of propaganda; Cristina Herrera, historian; Veronica Salinas, assistant historian; Alexis Fisher, Democratic chairman; Fidel Quezada, Republican chairman; and Troi Roberson, room prep officer.
Ten students are applying to attend Junior State of America summer school programs at some of the most prestigious universities, including Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Beijing.