The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana) 1964-current, November 17, 2014, Image 1

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Student Delegates Prepare Dylan Rossbach News Editor As Thanksgiving break approaches, many Hellgate students begin to prepare for Montana Model United Nations. The annual two-day conference takes place at the University of Montana Nov. 24 and 25th. Students from all across the state come together to discuss foreign affairs, draft and pass resolutions in response to various hypothetical world crises, and deliver powerful speeches to their fellow nations. Students serve as representative delegates from a member nation of the United Nations and join together with three other students to form a country. Students in each country are assigned to one of four different General Assemblies, each of which focuses on a more specific world topic: GA1 - Disarmament and Security issues, GA2 - Financial and Economic issues, GA3 - Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian issues, and the GA Plenary, where the ambassadors of each country discuss the most pressing global issues facing all 2013 Hellgate Delegate Delivers a Passioniate Speech to Fellow Delegates (Photo Courtesy of JeffWaniata). of the member nations. Delegates spend two days discussing and creating solutions to the impor ­ tant issues facing their respective GA. Meetings are set to resemble the proceedings of an actual United Nations conference as closely as possible. Students follow parliamentary procedure, draft resolutions, and often form alliances to get their resolutions to pass. Originating at Harvard over 60 years ago, Model United Nations has grown to over 400,000 middle school, high school, and college student participants across the country every year. Former members of Model United Nations include: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, ABC news anchor George Stephanopoulos, and even current Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon. For many years, Hellgate Students have taken MUN very seriously, forming the largest number of student representatives for all participating schools in Montana, often receiving the award for best performance of a High School at the confer ­ ence. In years past, much of the popularity amongst students for MUN was due in part to enthusiastic Hellgate advisor of MUN: Patty Hixson. However after the 2012 conference, Hixson stepped down as advisor, giving re ­ sponsibilities to JeffWaniata and Julie McCar- thy-McClaverty, who was then replaced by Art and Theory of Knowledge teacher Courtney Christopher after she was given an admin ­ istrative job at Hellgate Elementary School. Aven after the change in leadership, Hellgate MUN has not appeared to lose its appeal to students; with 75 student representatives this year, including many first-timers.Christopher said of his new experience with MUN, \It has been going pretty well, fortunately there is a lot of students who have been here before, that corporate knowledge helps take a lot of the pressure off.\ One of the first-timers, freshman Jordan Christian, said he became interested in Model for MUN 2014 Hellgate MUN Delegates Discuss Strategies for the Upcoming Conference . [Photo By Leda Colledge). United Nations after watching the success of his brother, Bridger Christian. \My brother had a really good time doing MUN in High School so I thought I would give it a shot.\ He also added that his brother has been helping him a lot with the research process. \I've been texting him a lot for his advice on what to research and where to do it, he ’ s been really helpful.\ A member of the Security Council nation Argentina, Isadora Shannon, also credits her older sibling for getting her started with MUN. \My older sister Stella did MUN. When I was in middle school I was able to go to the final awards ceremony; that helped spark a lot of my interest.\ Shannon, a third-year veteran of MUN, continued by saying that her previous years of experience have helped her get ready for this years conference. \I ’ ve done a lot more research this year, I think I will be very well prepared,\ said Shannon. Participating in Model United Nations can advance participating students ’ ability to write a clear and effective paper, understanding of cur ­ rent foreign affairs, negotiation and problem solv ­ ing skills, and public speaking proficiency.

The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana), 17 Nov. 2014, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheHellgateLance/2014-11-17/ed-1/seq-1/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.