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'Big battle of the nerds' is back

Parent chaperones sought for LOHS students' Model United Nations trip


by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego High School planning team and MUN members, from left, Monica Hatfield, Jack McLean and Marissa Taylor are preparing for an upcoming conference in Eugene.The need for parent chaperones has spiked with a record Lake Oswego High School delegation attending a 2014 Model United Nations conference, and parent involvement is also key for the MUN group at Lakeridge High.

Lakeridge High School usually has about 140 delegates, which is one of the largest MUN delegations in the state. A parent information session is coming up Wednesday at Lakeridge.

Meanwhile, LOHS students have been recruiting chaperones via social media and reached out to the Review to get the word out.

Members of the LOHS planning team such as Monica Hatfield also have been actively recruiting students, handing out applications and campaigning throughout the school year. Their efforts have paid off. The delegation has doubled in the past few years to 140 students this year, about 20 more than last year.by: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lakeridge High School has a thriving Model United Nations program with members including, from left, back row: Corrado Pitari, Reilly Kirk and Matt Stephensl; and, front row: Kavya Sreedhar, Yasi Milani, Camila Merlo Flores and Jack Kessel.

Hatfield, also an MUN member, said one argument to persuade parents to participate is chaperones don’t need to go to all of the events at the conference at the University of Oregon, and volunteers could view it as a free three-day getaway, April 10 to 12, relaxing at a Eugene hotel.

“We have had great volunteer chaperone help from parents in the past, and we need to get the same support this year,” said LOHS student Jack McLean, an MUN planning team member and MUN participant.

Lakeridge social studies teacher Ryan Rosenau said the school's information session helps him attract enough chaperones to achieve the desired 12-to-1 parent-to-student ratio.

The annual MUN conference is akin to a United Nations meeting with students representing countries and arguing topical political, economic and social issues.

“It’s interesting to get a high schooler’s world view and compare it to what world leaders are really doing,” said Reilly Kirk, a senior at Lakeridge High School.

Students pass resolutions and elect officers for the following year, and participants have a shot at dozens of speaking awards.

“I feel like MUN is a big battle of the nerds, and I love that about it,” said Yasi Milani, Lakeridge senior. “You can argue things that most people don’t even know about.”

Some 134 Lakeridge High School students and 119 Lake Oswego High School students joined more than 1,300 students attending the conference last year. Lake Oswego pocketed nine awards, and Lakeridge scooped up three awards. Local students also were officers at the event.

Hatfield said the experience on the planning team and in MUN has taught her leadership and speech skills: “I’m a bossy person, and it’s fun to be in charge of this many people.”

Rosenau, Lakeridge MUN adviser, launched his school’s Model U.N. program nine years ago. Lake Oswego High School social studies teacher Andrew Duden, MUN adviser, said his school’s Model U.N. program kicked off in the mid-1990s.

Five Oregon residents established the Oregon High School International Relations League in 1948. The nonprofit organization in 1972 took on the Model U.N. Oregon program. There are Model United Nations chapters across the globe.

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What: Lakeridge High School MUN parent information session

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Lakeridge auditorium, 1235 Overlook Drive

For more information about Lakeridge’s MUN program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information about Lake Oswego High School’s MUN program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.



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