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Model UN: A Support Group for Troubled Countries

Written By Jordan Graham

“Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.”

On February 9th through 11th, The High school Model United Nations (MUN) club went to the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens. Among the 12 students were three Ninth Graders, myself included. The other two ninth graders were Pranavi Gottapu and Kai Ward. Both decided to share their experiences at MUN.

The first question was what their first impression of Model UN was. Pranavi, always a hard working student and a great friend, decided to give me a detailed reply that reads as follows: “I started Model UN in 7th grade. It was very intimidating because most of the people knew what they were doing and I felt like I didn’t belong there. Later on, I started to get the hang of it, and now I really really like Model UN.”
Kai on the other had said that she, “thought we would be going and looking at the different countries and discussing with other people specific issues in our own respective country that we got.”

For anyone that doesn’t know, in the meeting that we went to, we discussed world problems and debated about them while we represented our own country and its views on the presented subject.
Regarding the other people Kai says that, “at first everyone was really intimidating because they were trying to get me to vote on what they wanted. When we got to know the other delegates I felt more welcome, though.” Pranavi takes a different view point and says that “everybody was very smart and had great vocabulary. They were very nice and they helped the other delegates to feel more welcome. Outside of working on MUN the people were very nice and we all became friends.”

After the second day the delegates, or members, were given the option to go to a ‘social’ and socialize. Both Kai and Pranavi said that this was the best part of the trip.
“[The social]was a time where everybody got together and danced outside of a professional setting,while in professional clothes. For an hour we just got to mingle and hang out with people and not thinking about debating. (Some guy lost his shirt and his mind,” says Kai.
Pranavi followed up by saying, “It was the time where everybody got together and danced and had fun. Everybody forgot about the competition and acted like themselves. We also got to know the people better.”

After all of the praise it just got you wouldn’t think there would be a downside to the trip, but there usually is.
For one Kai says that the, “timing of everything was way off and everything with in our group was handled badly.”
Regarding the weather Pranavi says that, “It was raining the entire time, our feet got wet, our shirts got wet, and everything was just overall wet.”

To Anyone wanting to join Model UN as a club or as a future career (I think you should) Kai and Pranavi each elaborated on their experience with Model UN.

Kai says that “over all, because it was [her] first time, [she] was really nervous because [she] didn’t want to talk but by the second day [she] had made some friends and felt pretty comfortable with what [she] was doing.”
Pranavi, always an overachiever, gives another detailed reply by saying “The experience was very interesting. Every competition is a new experience. I remember when I was in the 7th grade, the experience was different than how it is in high school. High school MUN and Middle School MUN are very different, but correspond in a way. The one good thing is that, the friends you make along the way are there at every competition and you are able to meet them instead of talking on the phone.”

Photo Taken by Jordan Graham

What do an Oboe, Clarinet, and a trumpet have in common? Janfest!

Written by Jordan Graham

On January 18th through January 21st the, 68th annual Janfest in Athens, Georgia was hosted at the University of Georgia.

According to the University of Georgia Franklin college of Arts and Science, “The University of Georgia January High School Band Festival (“JanFest”) is a four-day event for high school band musicians. Students are nominated for participation by their director by way of this website early in the academic year after receiving the MidFest announcement. UGA Bands staff selects students to participate based on the order of the director’s submission, the instrumentation need of the festival bands, and the reported musical achievements of each student.”

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SOTM Spotlight: Jacob Carlstrom

Written by Zion McGee

It’s Jacob’s time to shine! Why? Because he has been chosen Student of the Month for Lee County 9th grade Campus.

Jacob Carlstrom

Mrs. Smith recommended Jacob for student of the month and said,Jacob has shown marked improvement this nine weeks. It is obvious he has figured out how to learn the material.  He always has a positive attitude toward my class.”

Carlstrom advises other students to be “productive and respectful in class”.

Outside of Carlstrom’s very busy and successful academic life, he says he also enjoys to, “Play the trumpet in the High School Marching Band/Wind Ensemble.”

Carlstrom says “[He] also demonstrates pride by studying for ALL tests (even the little ones) and participating in class time everyday.

Photo Taken by Zion M.

SOTM Spotlight: Jude Mullins

Written by Talli Styck


One of the students chosen to be a December student of the month was, Jude Mullins. One of Jude’s teachers, Ms. Burtt, said that “Jude is always willing to participate in class, and he works hard. He is creative, always smiling, and a joy to teach.”

A photo of Jude Mullins in the chorus building

 Jude is a hardworking student who is respectful to his teachers and his peers. He always tries to help others and show them kindness and respect. Jude is aware of the PRIDE he shows in the classroom setting, but is surprised that he was one of the students chosen for Student of the Month.

 Jude was asked why he thought he was chosen as one of the Students of the Month. He stated that he tries to show respect to everyone and do his best in the classroom.

  Jude enjoys doing many activities having to do with singing and acting. He’s always doing these activities by participating in chorus and in the Theatre Arts Guild.

 Jude understands that PRIDE is an important thing at our school and he tries to help others with school PRIDE.

Photo taken by Talli S.

STOM Spotlight: Jada Jones

Written by Maria Cerrone

Mrs. Lowry chose Jada Jones for Student of the Month. She felt that “Jada always puts forth her best effort in class and works very hard to excel academically.”

Jones loves to swim and read on her free time. She said that she has been having a great time at the 9th grade. She thinks that the best part about the 9th grade campus is that it is just 9th graders. She said it helps that you aren’t mixed in with the upper campus so that you get the chance to get used to high school.

During Jones’s interview she stated that she shows Trojan Pride in her everyday school day by helping people whenever they need it and getting her work done. Jones feels that her peers can do the right thing by choosing pride everyday. She expressed that students “should actually understand what it means rather than just knowing it is the school’s slogan”.

Jones said that her favorite class is Mrs. Lowry’s. When we asked her why she thought that she was chosen as Student of the Month she said that it is because she always pays attention and when she doesn’t understand something she communicates with her.

The next time you see Jones you should follow her school pride.

Picture taken by Maria Cerrone