Many times, as students, we don`t take notice of what is going on globally. A group of Samueli students have organized a club called Model United Nations club. “Model United Nations is when students come together and talk about big things that are happening on around the world and find solutions to try to fix them,” said Yazmin Brito, junior.
“I think the process that happens in world government is really important today and not enough people understand,” said Michael Ramos, junior. To these students, Model UN is very important to them.
Mrs. Dina Mahmood, club advisor, also participated in Model UN as a high school student, and values the learning she gathered there: “ I think it's important for students to be more informed on global issues and practice their research, oral communication, and collaboration skills with other high achieving students.”
Recently, the Samueli Model UN Club participated in an important conference that recently occurred on October 10 at Cerritos High School. These conferences are an academic competition in which a group of high school and college students think of ways to solve problems globally. These problems are authentic ones faced by our world today.
For the past month, Mrs. Mahmood has prepared them for the big day: “We had to wait for the Model UN to give us our country; we don't pick it. We later got our sections like terrorism, money, etc. We did research on it and after we revised our speeches two to three times in class. we practiced how we would do during the conference,” explained Yazmin.
Two Samueli Academy students won a recognition of excellence for representing their country, Turkey. One of the winners felt more ready because of how Samueli approaches projects: “It felt like if I was presenting for school. It was easy to get my ideas across and I felt totally comfortable speaking to a large audience of students,” explained Daniel Rangel, one of the over achievers.
If you are interested in joining Model UN club or have more questions about it, attend one of their meetings every Friday after school in room 8.
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