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Lewisboro's Junior Statesmen Receive 'Best Speaker' Awards

Sam and Meghan Howes, John Jay High School junior statesmen, earned "Best Speaker" awards at the recent Junior State of America's convention in Boston.
Sam and Meghan Howes, John Jay High School junior statesmen, earned "Best Speaker" awards at the recent Junior State of America's convention in Boston. Photo Credit: Contributed
John Jay High School junior statesmen traveled to Boston in November for their Northeast State Convention.
John Jay High School junior statesmen traveled to Boston in November for their Northeast State Convention. Photo Credit: Contributed
John Jay junior statesman Aiyana Lewis received a "Best Speaker" award at the JSA convention in November in Boston.
John Jay junior statesman Aiyana Lewis received a "Best Speaker" award at the JSA convention in November in Boston. Photo Credit: Contributed
John Jay junior statesman Alyssa Loffredo received "Best Speaker" award at the JSA convention in November in Boston.
John Jay junior statesman Alyssa Loffredo received "Best Speaker" award at the JSA convention in November in Boston. Photo Credit: Contributed

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- A team of Lewisboro high school students recently back from Boston have bought home a gaggle of “gavels” for their oratorical prowess.

Delegates from John Jay High School’s chapter of the national organization, the Junior State of America, won several “Best Speaker” awards in their Northeast Fall State Convention in November, school officials said.

JSA delegates’ interests range from politics and government, to the law and education. Local chapters aim to produce active, informed citizens through an exchange of ideas, including debates and “thought talks,” according to the organization's website.

Best speaker awards, or “gavels,” went to Lewisboro students Meghan Howes, Sam Howes, Alyssa Loffredo, and Aiyana Lewis.

The theme of the fall convention was "Opportunity and Obstacles: Fulfilling the American Dream."

The four were chosen by their fellow delegates for their performances in speeches and debates. They tackled such weighty issues as the economy, foreign policy, and the environment.

More than 350 student delegates from 25 schools in the Northeast region took part in the convention.

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