Waterford High Schools Model United Nations kicks off for the year

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Lancer Model United Nations is a club at Waterford High School that has been running since 2009. Model United Nations, or MUN, is student run with Mr. Cheney (or as the delegates like to call him, Lord Protector Cheney), a freshman and sophomore history teacher, as the adviser. MUN typically hosts weekly meetings with a conference at the end of each month. Conferences are the sports game equivalent of MUN, where all of the members of the club come dressed in western business attire and debate global issues as delegates representing UN countries. The largest event of the year happens in January where MUN participates in the Yale Model United Nations conference, a conference where many schools and students from all over the Northeast (and the world) join together to debate at Yale University. Last year, Waterford High School had around 40 students participate in the 44th Yale MUN conference. Later on in the Spring, Lancer MUN conducted a mock RTM Meeting at town hall considering actual issues that the town is facing, such as the closing of Millstone Power Plant and decisions concerning the town’s education budget.

This year, the club has kicked off with a series of meetings designed to prepare new delegates for their first conference set in late October. These meetings are lead by President Jordan Bordner (senior), Vice President David DeWallace (senior) and Secretary David Sugrue (junior). When asked about the topics of debate this year, Jordan Bordner stated, “We want lots of countries and new people to participate. So economic topics, environmental topics affect everyone. That will be the initial theme of the conferences,” where his role will be to “basically run the procedure of the meeting. I won’t actually debate.” Secretary David Sugrue advises newcomers to “Jump right in because the more you involve yourself, the easier it will be to immerse yourself.” Around 40-50 people are expected to participate in the upcoming conference, which according to Bordner is “a pretty good turnout, but more are always welcome.” This club improves public speaking skills, keeps dele

Vice President David DeWallace

gates informed about current issues and provides a place to display and exercise an interest in global politics and relations. If anyone is interested, they should contact any of the officers mentioned above, or Mr. Cheney, or just show up at a Friday meeting in the Library Media Center. Everyone is welcome!

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