Junior States Of America Club forms again

Erin Antosiek ‘16


“C’mon guys, do the right thing and join the club … the politics club,” said Joe Naniewicz. business teacher and co-sponsor of this group.

Politics Club, better known as the Junior States of America Club, has started back up.

“The club first came around when a former student suggested it seven years ago,” government teacher Mark Forbert said.

Forbert is the co-sponsor of the club, which meets every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. after school in room 124. The largest turnout was 10 members, but new members are always encouraged to join and contribute.

“It would be really interesting to learn more about politics and I know Forbert would make it fun,” said Christian Roy ’16.

The club discusses issues and events that happen nationally and locally. Students are encouraged to share their opinions and knowledge.

As it turns out, the majority of students did well when it came to naming the cast of their favorite TV show, but almost everybody became stumped when asked to name the candidates for this year’s election.

Most students are unaware when it comes to politics and how the government works, but it’s not just a problem dealing with students. Numerous studies have shown that the population in general just does not know a lot about worldly issues.

According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, only 54 percent of the public knew what the unemployment rate is in the United States [5.8 percent in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics].

Zach Wagner ’15 said, “Students should learn about politics because we are the future.”