Junior State Thespian Officers
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 by deadline. 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 the Georgia Jr. Thespian Conference. This may include arriving early and remaining at conference through the end of the closing ceremony.
- JSTOs 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 JSTOs, adult board members, and other Junior Thespians via email and phone.
- JSTOs are encouraged to travel to surrounding schools to see productions and support Thespian and Junior Thespian troupes in his/her region.
- JSTOs must meet all deadlines and come to meetings prepared.
- JSTOs must be proactive and responsible.
- JSTOs must serve as an example of the ideal Junior Thespian.
- JSTOs who currently hold an office must re-run each year they are interested/eligible.