What is a JSTO?
A JSTO is a Junior State Thespian Officer. Their main job is to plan, manage, and host the Georgia Junior Thespian Conference immediately following their election. Additionally, the JSTO serve as the primary voice and advocate of Georgia Junior Thespian students on the Georgia Junior Thespian Conference Board.
Who can be a JSTO?
Any current 6th, 7th, or 8th grader who is an inducted Thespian and in good standing with his/her troupe and school is eligible to run. The student must have a desire to be a strong leader and be prepared to work for the good of the Georgia Junior Thespian Conference. Each school may submit no more than two (2) candidates for election.
How Do I Apply to Become a JSTO?
The JSTO application must completed here by the beginning of December 2017. If an application is not received by the deadline, the student will not be considered for candidacy. Once received, candidates will be notified by email on the status of their application. Candidates will be asked to present a short introduction during the Opening Ceremony at conference to include their name, school name, thespian troupe number, and one important leadership skill that they will bring to the Georgia Junior Thespian Board as a JSTO. Additionally, Candidates may not campaign for office. Contact Kathleen Bryant with any questions.
I Got Elected, Now What?
- JSTO candidates will be expected to shadow and assist current JSTO with various jobs at conference 2018. This may include arriving early to and remaining at conference through the end of the closing ceremony.
- JSTO must attend the International Thespian Festival held in late June in Lincoln, Nebraska. The festival registration fees are paid for by Georgia Junior Thespians. However, airfare and bus transfer fees are the responsibility of each JSTO. Most of their time at festival will be geared toward planning the following year’s Junior Thespian Conference. One of the primary goals of this trip is to allow the new JSTOs to emerge as independent leaders. Consequently, parents are strongly encouraged to allow these students to travel without parental supervision. Sufficient adult supervision will be provided as the trip is chaperoned by members of the state board including: the Georgia Thespians Chapter Director, the Georgia Junior Thespian Conference Chair, and the JSTO Sponsor. If a parent does not feel comfortable with their child traveling with these adults, the student should re-consider whether running for JSTO is the best option.
- JSTO will be expected to attend various meetings throughout the year. Transportation and any of its costs are the responsibility of the JSTO. All meetings are required. These meetings will include a Junior Chapter Board Retreat in August and a conference planning weekend in early Fall.
- You must have the ability to stay in constant communication with fellow JSTO, adult board members, and other Junior Thespians via email and phone.
- JSTO are encouraged to travel to surrounding schools to see productions and support Thespian and Junior Thespian troupes in his/her region.
- JSTO must meet all deadlines and come to meetings prepared.
- JSTO must be proactive and responsible.
- JSTO must serve as an example of the ideal Junior Thespian.
- JSTO who currently hold an office must re-run each year they are interested/eligible.