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Truckee Model United Nations students headed to UCLA

Cassiopeia Dalsey
Special to the Sun

Rebecca Ziegler teaches new club members the procedures of a Model United Nations simulation.

At Truckee High School, students are taking a strong interest in politics and the world by joining the Model United Nations Club.

This program, often called MUN, is an extracurricular activity that allows students to role-play as the delegates of different countries in the United Nations and simulate U.N. committees.

They tackle real-world issues and discuss situations the United Nations is facing at this very moment. Once per semester, the club travels to a conference hosted by a college and participates in a number of committee simulations alongside other high schools.

There are on average 40 conferences each year hosted by colleges around the world, and dozens of diverse high schools attend each one. MUN allows students to strengthen their diplomacy, communication, and speech and debate skills, as well as increase their understanding of international affairs. Participation in the club also allows for its very academically ambitious students to significantly boost their resumes when applying to prestigious colleges.

The newly formed THS MUN Club is preparing to attend the UCLA conference from Nov. 11-13. This is MUN's first year at Truckee High, and dedicated students have been practicing for weeks under the supervision of club founder and president, Rebecca Ziegler, with guidance and support from THS English teacher, Craig Rowe.

Rebecca is a junior at THS and uses her previous experience in MUN to create each club's lesson plan, review student's position papers, fundraise, and organize all of the trips that the club takes. Rebecca runs two clubs per week in which she teaches club members Parliamentary Procedures, MUN motions, and runs practice simulations to prepare for the conference at UCLA.

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At UCLA, club members will have the opportunity to compete alongside up to 350 other delegates — from all across the United States and even other countries — to win awards for themselves and their school.

Even though it is only their first year, the students are confident in their ability to win an award, which will qualify them for more prestigious and competitive conferences. At the UCLA conference, members of the club will debate on topics including the Syrian refugee crisis, the global arms trade, and human trafficking in developing nations.

Club members Claire Lang-Ree, Carrie Bradley, Annie Guerra, Abby Baier, Cassiopeia Dalsey, Grace Bronstone, Kylie Greeno, Sarah Jane Shaffer, Isabella Abarno, Olivia Koster, Jayden Hipler, Brandon Kinter, Zach Larson, Cassandra Almond, Brian Wolfe and Zach Haas are grateful for the guidance of teacher Craig Rowe and the other adults who have helped them by volunteering to chaperone their trip to the conference. They are also thankful for the time, money, and effort which made this UCLA trip possible.

The Truckee High School MUN is currently accepting donations in order to expand the program and fund trips to other conferences in the future. Any donations will be used to improve the current program and allow club members to travel to conferences across the country or even across the world.

If you would like to donate to the THS Model UN, please contact Rebecca Ziegler at rz2991@ttusd.org.

Cassiopeia Dalsey is a Truckee High School MUN student.