All presidential candidates to be represented at high school nominating convention this weekend

As voters prepare to go to the polls for the critical February 3rd seven state primaries, youth from all over New York and New Jersey will get a chance to express their opinions on the candidates and issues in this presidential election year. Three hundred high school students will convene at PACE University’s Schimmel Auditorium on Saturday, January 31st to hear presentations from high-level surrogates for all the potential candidates, to nominate standard bearers for both the Republican and Democratic parties and to hold a mock Presidential Election between the two nominees.

JUNIOR STATE OF AMERICA
a non-partisan, educational organization of high school students founded in 1934 as The Junior Statesmen of America
1140 CONNECTICUT AVENUE, NW SUITE 801 WASHINGTON, DC 20036
(800) 317-9338 (202) 296-7838 FAX (202) 296-7839 WWW.JSA.ORG

Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, NY, NY

MEDIA ADVISORY

For more information: Chris McMahon, 202-907-3637 Chris Cory, Pace PR, 917-609-8164

WHERE AND WHEN: Schimmel Auditorium, Pace University, Spruce St. off Park Row across from City Hall, NY, NY
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

HUNDREDS OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CONVENE
FOR PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATING CONVENTION

All potential candidates promise to send high-level surrogates

New York, NY, January 30, 2004 — As voters prepare to go to the polls for the critical February 3rd seven state primaries, youth from all over New York and New Jersey will get a chance to express their opinions on the candidates and issues in this presidential election year. Three hundred high school students will convene at PACE University’s Schimmel Auditorium on Saturday, January 31st to hear presentations from high-level surrogates for all the potential candidates, to nominate standard bearers for both the Republican and Democratic parties and to hold a mock Presidential Election between the two nominees.

Banners, balloons, fiery speeches and heated debates will fill the convention hall as high school students voice their opinions on the Presidential candidates. Bush? Dean? Edwards? Kerry? Clark? Lieberman? Gephardt? Kucinich? Which candidate connects best with today’s youth?

This is the second in a series. Last weekend in New Hampshire, Kerry trounced Bush 67-33%.

The Junior State Presidential Nominating Convention will be student-run. Students will serve as campaign managers, presiding officers, and voting delegates.

The Democratic nominating session will take place between noon and 2 p.m. The Republican nominating session will take place between 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Both will feature student campaign speakers, as well as adult representatives of each campaign. Students will vote for candidates in an exciting convention style- roll call election at the conclusion of each session. At the end of the day, the nominees will face off in a straw poll to see who the students would like to be the next President of the United States. Election results will be available after 5 p.m.

The Junior State of America is a seventy year old, nonpartisan, student-governed, nonprofit organization that encourages political awareness among high school students. Junior State students are politically aware, opinionated, and articulate. Junior State programs are open to all high school students interested in learning more about politics and government.

Pace has been a political nexus this fall, hosting the September 25 debate between the then-10 Democratic candidates and its own mock convention two weeks ago. It is a founder of Project Pericles, a national consortium of campuses encouraging student political engagement.

The Junior State has been holding similar student run Presidential Nominating Conventions for over twenty years. This year, the Junior State is holding nine Presidential Nominating Conventions in cities around the country including Manchester, NH last week, New York, Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

Registration and campaigning will begin at 8:30 a.m. and all interested high school students and teachers are invited to attend. For more information call Chris McMahon, Northeast Program Director at 202/907-3637.

The Presidential Nominating Convention will be held:
Saturday, January 31, 2004
PACE University’s Schimmel Auditorium
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tentative Schedule for the Junior State of America’s
2004 Presidential Nominating Convention at
PACE University, January 31, 2004

8:30-9:30 am Registration

9:30-10 am Opening Session/Short overview of the importance of the upcoming primaries by Dr. Christopher Malone, PACE University

10 am Joe Lieberman or surrogate

10 :20 am Hugh Cosman, representing the Kucinich campaign

10:40 am Former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, representing the Kerry campaign

11:00 am Congressman Andrew Weiner, representing the Clark campaign

11:30 am Debate Block I

12:15 pm lunch

1:00 pm John Edwards or surrogate

1:20 pm Howard Dean or surrogate

1:40 pm democratic runoff

2:00 pm Debate Block II

2:45 pm Bush surrogate

3:15-4 pm Platform debates

4 pm Final role call election

4:20 pm Closing Session

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