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Squaw Valley Prep students take top honors in Vegas competition

Myla Kahn and Wyatt Johannsson show off their awards in Las Vegas.
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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Squaw Valley Prep, the upper grade continuum of the Creekside/SVP K-12 public charter school, took home two top honors at the recent nationally attended Third Annual Model United Nations competition in Las Vegas.

Ninth-grade SVP student Myla Kahn took first place in her division, and Wyatt Johannsson, also in ninth grade, received “Outstanding” honors, placing in top 5 percent for their performances at the competition represented by more than 150 participants in grades freshman through senior year.

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations.

Students are required to represent a country as a simulated United Nations delegate, discussing and debating real world issues. In Las Vegas, Kahn (age 14) represented Germany in discussing gender and inequality in the workforce as well as peace building and post conflict recovery. Johannsson (age 14) represented Afghanistan in debating the effects of terrorism worldwide along with privacy in the digital age.

According to Johannsson, “What I enjoy most about Model UN is its practical use and the opportunity to really learn about current topics that are part of our every day real world. It gives me a chance to stay up to speed on current events.”

Kahn said says she feels grateful to have this elective offered in high school, adding, “The small class atmosphere at SVP has given me access to instruction specific to my learning level, like pre-calculus, which never would have been offered to me at my previous school.”

Squaw Valley Prep sent seven students to attend the competition, serving as the only representation for the Truckee-Tahoe area. Students were required to personally fund their travel expenses, with a significant donation made by SVP parent Annette Burkhart.

Next for the seven students is the 14th Annual Model UN Conference at UC Davis, held in May and attended by more than 500 students from California.

This article was provided by Creekside Charter School and Squaw Valley Prep. Visit creeksidesquaw.org to learn more.

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