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Article by Dylan Lee,
The Model United Nations club at Davis High School is held in room P-25, the classroom of Economics and World Civilizations teacher Pete Haws Thursdays at lunch. Students who choose to partake in the club can practice their skills in speech and debating involving many of the most prominent world issues of today.
These students also get the opportunity to join in debates and competitions with Model United Nations clubs from other schools in the surrounding area. At these larger meetings involving many schools, every student will be working with peers to present about and solve real-world issues.
For some members of the Model United Nations club, other activities also help them to do their best in the Model UN. Davis High junior Spencer Ault thinks that his experience in speech and debate will greatly improve his experience. “I think that it will help a lot because so much of both (Speech and Debate) and Model United Nations is public speaking. I feel like the tools that I learn really translate well,” he said.
Other members of Model United Nations, such as DHS junior Ethan Hessl, found the club through friends and have flourished in the environment that it provides for its members. “The club is a great place for me to engage in meaningful discussion and talk about things that could be really important in politics. I think that this will continue throughout the year and I really look forward to being a part of the Model UN,” Hessl said.
In addition, some students like Ault join the club because they hope to one day work in a field that requires speaking skills, and Model UN is a great platform for members to practice that. “Model UN really fits well with what I’m interested in after high school, and so it was a great opportunity for me,” he said.
The club is starting to prepare for some of their competitions that are coming up in the next few months, and having a lot of fun while they do so.