Model United Nations

Model United Nations

Abbey Roegner, Junior Staff Reporter

model UN graohicModel United Nations The Model United Nations (MUN) is a name that might ring a few bell for many students, since MUN organizations have existed in schools almost as long as the actual United Nations. Mercy High is no exception to that statistic.
About a decade ago, social studies teacher Ms. Lisa Robinet took over from retired teacher Mrs. Pauly. Ms. Robinet acts as the moderator. Senior Isha Ganguli is the secretary general and juniors Lauren Chalker and Noelle Bonfiglio act as officers.
At any given MUN meeting out of the five that occur over the course of a single school year, the 10 to 15 students who participate listen to the officers and the secretary general give tips and advice on how to best benefit the country they represent.
However, there are many misconceptions of MUN and what it’s about.
“Being that (MUN) is an academic club, I can understand why people might think it’s boring or that it’s not worth their time,” said secretary general and Mercy senior Isha Ganguli. “I thought that too at first. But once I really got invested, it turned out to be such a great experience for me.”
Members of MUN discuss current events.
“At (MUN) meetings, the girls are able to learn speaking skills when they’re trying to deliver the message of what’s going on in their designated country,” said Ganguli. “It helps build confidence and educates on world issues, which are two things the world is in great need of.”
MUN members also learn fundraising skills. This fall, MUN hosted a fundraiser in order to raise money for club supplies and to increase the club budget by selling tubs of fudge.
“I highly encourage people to sign up (for MUN,” said Ganguli. “It’s hard work, but it’s fun work. I’m so glad I took the time and got involved.”