Members of Mira Costa Model United Nations program are currently competing at The Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium in Montreal, Quebec, which began yesterday and will end on Sunday.
A total of 30 students are on the trip, and a majority are juniors and seniors, with the exception of a few sophomores. According to Model United Nations Secretary General Samantha Walley, students are chosen by invitation through in class competition and outside performance.
“I hope that our students will be able to challenge themselves and improve on personal levels,” Walley said. “Additionally, I hope that our team can represent our program as best as possible.”
Approximately 1,500 students are attending MUNC, from countries including Mexico, France, the United States and Canada. The conference is held at the Hotel Centre Sheraton Montreal.
“I hope to get more experience under my belt,” senior Grace Lauson said. “Ultimately at every debate the goal is a gavel, but even without an award every debate helps you get better, so I know attending the conference is an accomplishment in itself.”
According to Walley, students received the invites last spring, and students have had their assignments for about a month. To prepare, students worked on their papers and completed independent research from their topic synopses.
“This debate has three different topics, so it requires a lot of preparation,” Lauson said. “Making country profiles and researching statistics is usually what helps me the most during debate.”