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Lawson’s First MUN

Read about how Lawson’s first MUN Weekend Went!

This year at the Model United Nations (MUN) competition, Lawson Delegate senior Samuel Harrison won the YMCA 2023 Outstanding Delegate award, and our Lawson Press Member, senior Kenneth Chau, was recognized as an Outstanding Press Member.

Model United Nations, or MUN, is a yearly competitive event in Murfreesboro where students pretend to be delegates to present resolutions for their respective countries. MUN is a great activity encouraging civic engagement, creative problem-solving, and public speaking. The goal is simple in MUN: Speak and pass your resolution.

This year, Lawson had three teams of delegates representing Guatemala, Sao Tome and Principe, and Suriname, along with four press members and a liaison as a part of the Lawson Delegation led by Mrs. Claremont and Ms. Hutchens.

“MUN has deeply affected my life by greatly increasing my collaboration, presenting, and critical thinking skills. Not only that, MUN is one of the best networking opportunities, allowing me to meet some of my closest friends,” president of MUN and senior Lawerence Quimbo said.

This year, all three countries that Lawson Delegates have passed their resolutions. Their resolutions included solutions to the maldistribution of healthcare in Guatemala, a plan to improve accessibility and accessibility to secondary education in Sao Tome and Principe, and a means to aid the damage caused by floods and other natural disasters that impact the citizens of Suriname.

“From Madagascar forming an anti-terrorism squad made up of penguins to helping the Central African Republic regain control of their local mines, in model UN, you can experience anything while learning about the world at the same time,” award recipient and senior Samuel Harrison said. 

While delegates were hard at work delegating, drafting speeches, and asking questions, our MUN press members have also done phenomenal work in contributing to the MUN Instagram, taking professional photos of delegates and events, and recording blogs that people remember fondly as the weekend ends. 

“Press is like family. Everyone has each other’s backs. I loved taking photos, interviewing, making article blogs, and Instagram posts with every single one of my press friends. It is such a joy to be a part of a community just like me,” veteran press member and senior Anton Do said. 

MUN can be daunting, but to top off the weekend spent in Murfreesboro, the Lawson delegation spent Saturday eating dinner at Newks before dancing the night away or playing card games that kept them past bedtime—time at MUN flies by when you’re having fun. 

Lawson MUN has had a phenomenal year, and they hope to uphold this tradition for all the years to come. 

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Grace Chen
Grace Chen, Staff Writer
Grace Chen is a senior at James Lawson High School. Grace is a part of many school clubs and academic extracurriculars, and this is her first year in writing news content.  She enjoys designing digital media and visiting niche coffee shops in Nashville. You may spot her in random areas around town, biking, walking, or scooter-ing.
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