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Lakeridge, LOHS and Riverdale students represent their schools at annual contest

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - With with 169 students, Lakeridge had the biggest delegation at the Model United Nations conference earlier this month in Eugene.Dozens of local students — from Lakeridge, Lake Oswego and Riverdale — convened in Eugene this month for the annual Model United Nation competitive conference.

Lakeridge racked up awards and shone with 169 students, the largest delegation at the conference. Walking away with big wins, Lake Oswego had 100 students participate. Riverdale continued expanding its rapidly growing MUN group.

About 1,300 students from Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho — 90 percent from the Beaver State — descended upon University of Oregon during the event. The conference, done through Oregon MUN, is a United Nations-esque gathering in which students debate issues and try to do right by their country. Many students also were elected to MUN’s Secretariat and will help plan and run next year’s conference. Many students snagged speaking awards in the committees they participated in.


Nobody puts Lakeridge in a corner. The school, unusual in that it does MUN as a class rather than as a club, packed in the wins and titles with Corrado Pitari as vice-president and Kavya Sreekhar as under-secretary. Lakeridge contributed six committee chairs: Hannah Zhao, Dorothy Wang, Matt Stevens, Abbey Rooney, Jack Kessel and Camilla Merlo Flores. To top it off, conference attendees elected Davie Li as under-secretary for the 2015 conference. The Pacers also pocketed nine speaking awards at the conference: Christian Mitchell, Consensus Builder, Russia; Andrew Liu, Most Valuable Defender of Country Policy, Russia; Mike Sheldon and Reilly Kirk, Most Valuable Defender of Country Policy, Russia; Owen Hart and Alex Gaekwad, Most Valuable Defender of Country Policy, Russia; Zach Garrison, Most Valuable Defender of Country Policy, Laos; Alyssa Sheldon and Margaux Delaney, Most Valuable Defender of Country Policy, Russia; Michael Hung, Most Valuable Defender of Country Policy, Russia; Elizabeth Hartman and Yasi Milani, Most Valuable Defender of Country Policy, Russia; and Samantha Wolf, Consensus Builder, Democratic Republic of Congo.

by: REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Lake Oswego High School planning team and MUN members, from left, Monica Hatfield, Jack McLean and Marissa Taylor arranged the LOHS MUN group's trip to the annual conference in Eugene.


Junior Ammas Tanveer was elected to next year’s secretariat as an under-secretary. Several students also received speaking awards: Ammas Tanveer, Consensus Builder, Pakistan; Sanders Li, Consensus Builder, Monaco; Emily Kelly, Most Valuable Defender of Country Policy, Pakistan; Sarah Kwartler, Consensus Builder, Hungary; Kyle Padgett, Most Valuable Defender of Country Policy, Madagascar.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: PATRICK CORRIGAN - Riverdale High School's Model United Nations program is growing. Its members, advisor and chaperones are, from left: back row: Conor Scanlon, Leksi Kostur, Sophie Hamilton, Sean Corrigan, David Hugel, Kate Loggan (advisor); fourth row: Matous Komers, Adrian Lurie, Colton Mayberry, Ben Field, Holly Scrugham, Marty Agrimis; third row: Elisa Romano, Hugh Halvorson, Beatrice Solomon, Cindy Abrams, Talisha Ruffi, Nate Pereira; second row: Sarah Millender, Elizabeth Berry, Ben Mahler, Lilly Scanlan, Maddy Hauenstein, Ben Richmond; first row: Xander Klas, Greg Carlson, Shirley Brandon (chaperone).


Born five years ago, Riverdale’s MUN has expanded to seven students in year one to 25 students this year. The club meets once per week. “We are proud of our team and look forward to next year,” said Jody Haagenson, Riverdale spokeswoman.

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