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Model United Nations honors local students

Delegates from Lakeridge and LOHS win elections and awards at conference


GARRISONHARTLakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools sent delegates to the annual Oregon Model United Nations spring conference — and several local students earned accolades.

The April 9-11 conference at the Hilton Hotel in Eugene attracted almost 1,300 students from Oregon, Washington and Idaho, said Lakeridge social studies teacher Ryan Rosenau, the school’s Model Unityed Nations adviser.

MERLO FLORES WOODThe annual conference is just like a real United Nations meeting, but with students representing countries and arguing topical political, economic and social issues. Students pass resolutions and elect officers for the following year, and participants vie for dozens of awards.

Lakeridge students who received awards this year were: Owen Hart, a speaking award for Consensus Builder in the General Assembly; Camila Merlo Flores, winner of the University of Oregon MUN Scholarship; and Carly Wood, second place in the talent show competition.

O'CONNORMUSCHLERLakeridge also won the Big-5 bid and will represent China at the conference next year; it’s an honor to represent one of the five major countries. Lakeridge also was invited to the International MUN Conference in Chicago.

“I am very proud of the entire delegation,” Rosenau said. “They prepared all year for the conference, and their dedication and hard work paid off.”

YOONMCGONEGALLake Oswego High School had five students recognized for their contributions to committees, either as Best Representative of their Country’s Position or Best Consensus Builder: Pranav Sharan, Matt McGonegal, Sarah Kwartler, Callan O’Connor and Evan Muschler.

Two LOHS students were elected to leadership positions in the 2016 MUN Secretariat, which is “the student arm of Model United Nations responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of the program,” said Andrew Duden, the MUN adviser at Lake Oswego High.

RAO SHARAN “I am impressed by the performance of our students,” said Duden, who also is the chairman of the Oregon High School MUN executive board.

LOHS students also triumphed in the MUN election: Julianna Yoon was elected an undersecretary, while Neeta Rao was elected a vice president.

KWARTLERLakeridge student Davey Li served as an undersecretary this year and Pacers Camila Merlo Flores, Halle Cook, Zach Garrison, Corina Pigg, Keana Pigg, Matt Stephens and Jacqueline Zawada served as committee chairs for the conference. Garrison also will serve as a vice president next year after winning an election, said Rosenau, who also serves as treasurer for the Oregon High School MUN executive board.

“Many students are already excited for next year,” Rosenau said.

Contact Jillian Daley at 503-636-1281 ext. 109 or jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com.

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