Hosting the 32nd Annual MVHS MUN Conference


    The MVHS MUN Secretariat

    The MVHS MUN Secretariat

    The 2014-2015 MVHS MUN Secretariat is a group of Model United Nations students chosen by their peers to organize the 32nd annual MVHS MUN Conference.  The students who were selected to be on the Secretariat went through a system of voting and interviews for their respective positions.  A total of 11 Seniors comprise the Secretariat this year.  These students began work on the MVHS MUN Conference in the Spring of 2014, and will continue planning through much of the Fall of the same year.  The Secretariat aims to ensure that each delegate experiences a well-organized and professional conference.  A significant amount of time and effort has been put in to assure the quality of the committees and the debate therein, as expected by experienced Model UN delegates.  Below, you will find the name and position of each Secretariat member, along with a short personal bio.
    Position Key: USG = Under-Secretary-General
    DG = Director General


    Ryan Dana – Secretary General

    Ryan Dana – Secretary General

    RyanWelcome to the 32nd MVHS MUN Conference! My name is Ryan Dana and I am the Secretary General for the MVHS MUN Program 2014-2015 school year. I am looking forward to this year’s conference and seeing all your bright faces on January 17th and 18th. This will be my fourth year in MUN, and I have been in love with the program since freshman year. In addition to being on MUN, I have run Cross Country and Swim and I hope to compete in triathlons and one day qualify and finish the World Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii. I also have a passion in public speaking and local government, a passion that I hope to further in political science in College. In my spare time I love to play Super Smash Brothers, volunteer, and sleep!

    But enough about me! Let’s talk about the conference! The secretariat has worked extremely hard to aspire to be the best conference you have ever been too. This year we are going to focus on country policy and substance of speaking. Simply because you talk the most in committee does not mean that you will score the most points. Stay on country policy as well, as every chair is required to know every stance of their topics. In advanced committees, we will even take notes of which countries you are with in Caucus groups. I’m so excited to see you all in January!


    Ana Zehra – Chef du Cabinet

    Ana Zehra – Chef du Cabinet

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    Hey everyone! My name is Ana Zehra and I will be the Chef du Cabinet for this upcoming conference. I am currently in my fourth year of MUN and am enjoying every second of it! I am very involved in different clubs at school, including the Let it Be Foundation and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and academically involved in AP and honors classes. Some interesting facts about me are that I love hanging out with my friends and you are most likely to find me in the ocean. I love Hannah Montana, Bowl of Heaven, and sleeping. Sometimes people think I have Bowl of Heaven too much, but I tell them its not a really an addiction, it’s a way of life.
    A quote that describes my life is: “Legen… wait for it… DARY”


    Joseph Declan Soden – Comptroller-General

    Joseph Declan Soden – Comptroller-General

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    Greetings loved ones,

    My name is Joseph Declan Soden and I am the Comptroller General of MVHS MUN. Although I like to consider myself so, I am not the general of trolling but am in reality the master behind our budger and conference attendance. I have been in Model UN for 4 years and have found a special place for the program in my heart. Aside from making spreadsheets all day, I am a member of many campus organizations such as CSF, NHS, International Baccalaureate, Academic Decathlon, and countless more. I also have played both soccer and golf at Mission.

    Outside of school I spend a lot of my time playing golf on the weekends or watching my favorite soccer team, Chelsea. I am originally from Milton Keynes, England and moved to the United States at the age of 12. I am one of the youngest seniors at 16 years of age and will still be 16 for a large portion of my Senior year. I love playing video games, and probably play a lot more than I should be allowed to. I like to play SSBM for hours with Sammy Najd, our DG of Tech!

    If there is anything that you need to know about me it is that I am addicted to Sour Patch Kids and rely on them to function on a daily basis. If you catch me around somewhere at the conference I will probably have some at hand. I am absolutely exstatic to be working with the entire Secretariat team to provide a conference that will impact those who attend.

    Stay groovy peeps.


    Alex Allan – USG of the General Assembly

    Alex Allan – USG of the General Assembly

    Alex

    Hello, my name is Alex Allan. I’m the Under Secretary General of General Assembly for the two thousand fourteenth year since zero. This being my fourth year, MUN has played an integral role in my high school experience. I’m very excited to meet you all.

    I have traveled to 23 countries, founded a charity in Nepal, held a political internship, organized a public art project, worked at a smoothie shop, own a photography/videography business, volunteer for Life Rolls On, and run cross country. Photography, the beach, and travel are my three passions. Better yet, photography on a beach while traveling. I love to to express my creative talent from behind a lense, and this translates into everything I do. Also, I’m Canadian – which is cool.

    MUN has taught me more than I acknowledge. The program here at MVHS is sincerely one cut above the rest, and I expect this year to be the same. With a cohesive group of dedicated chairs and legals, I look forward running the best committees at the conference, GA!


    Emma Guo – USG of ECOSOC

    Emma Guo – USG of ECOSOC

    EmmaHello!
    My name is Emma Guo and I will be happily serving as the USG of ECOSOC for the MVHSMUN 2014 Conference. I have been in MUN for 4 years, and out of all the branches of MUN, ECOSOC has been the one that has really spoken to me. I hope to be able to show that passion with the rest of you this year at our MUN conference.
    Other than my devotion to the MUN program here at MVHS, I love what I do both inside and outside of school. In school, you can find me running meetings as president of Kiwanis Educated Youth (KEY) Club, as secretary of French Club, and a student in the International Baccalaureate program. Outside of school, I enjoy the simple things in life from music to beach days to volunteer shifts on the maternity floor at Mission Hospital.
    I hope my excitement for this conference will be passed onto you as well when I say that with all the time and effort put in, you won’t be disappointed. I truly believe there is a committee for everyone and that the experience of MUN is exactly what you make of it.
    “The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.”
    ― Coco Chanel


    Rachel Umaña – USG of Specialized

    Rachel Umaña – USG of Specialized

    Rachel

    My name is Rachel Umana and I am the Under Secretary General of Specialized Committees for the Model United Nations program. Since I was a freshman, I always wanted to plan the conference. It is what I’ve been waiting for the last four years in MUN. Now that I am on Secretariat, I am happy to administer two days of stimulating debate as my final stand as a senior.

    I am currently enrolled in IB classes, and have taken numerous AP classes. The highlights of my high school career have been with the award-winning MVHS Drama program, where I am the Historian of Drama Council, Cappies Lead Critic, and the Head of Marketing. In 2014, I won the Orange County Cappie for Marketing and Publicity for my extensive work as assistant director for our spring musical, Anything Goes, while up against 32 different schools and 64 shows! At the Fullerton College Theatre Festival in 2014, where over 63 schools compete and at least 150 students enter in each category, I won 3rd place for Graphic Design and 2nd place for set design. In addition, three articles of mine have been published in the Orange County Register’s Varsity Arts section.

    Outside of MUN and Drama, I have very little time to myself. I am almost always at school, just ask my parents. They barely see me, but when they do get a chance to see their wonderful offspring, we binge watch netflix together. We are the classic American family, it’s fantastic.

    I love editing videos, creating posters on Adobe Photoshop, drawing, and acting on stage. My goal is to have my creativity be transcended into the Specialized committees this year, giving delegates a unique and professional experience.

    I can’t wait to see all of you on the day of the conference. It’ll be a great day to be in Diablo Land!


    Parth Shah – USG of NUNO

    Parth Shah – USG of NUNO

    Parth

    Hey there! My name is Parth Shah and I am the Under-Secretariat General of Non-United Nations Organizations (NUNO). I am in charge of all committees not directly connected to the United Nations. I am a senior and this will be my 4th year of MUN.

    Besides MUN, I am also on the varsity tennis team here at Mission. I am technically a “math-science geek”, but I also love to paint in my free time. I also like to write computer programs and play basketball.

    I am really excited for this year’s conference and hope all of you have a great experience as well.

    “The strength within you is always greater than the task ahead of you” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Jacob Faber – USG of Novice

    Jacob Faber – USG of Novice

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    Hello, my name is Jacob Faber and I am the USG of Novice here at Mission Viejo High School. This is my 4th glorious year of MUN, which has been 4 years well spent! Other than MUN, I usually spend my time working or wrestling.

    My hopes for this conference is to ensure that all delegates find diplomacy and MUN to pique their interests. All of us here at MVHS MUN are going to make this a conference for you guys to remember.


    Sammy Najd – DG of Technology

    Sammy Najd – DG of Technology

    Sammy
    Heyo everyone!

    I’m Sammy Najd, and I’m the Director General of Technology at Mission. This basically means that I manage all the projectors, gradesheets, and well….technology! Aside from MUN, I’m involved in many AP/IB courses and am president of our school’s National Honors Society. I also have my very own theoretical physics club (which is VERY fun!) along with USG of NUNO Parth Shah. I hope to attend UC Berkeley and major in computer science there.

    Outside of school, I love going to the beach, playing all different kinds of sports, playing my guitar, and just hanging out with friends whenever I can. A perfect day of mine would involve tons of pasta(I even have a hoodie with “PASTA” written in big, bolded letters), swimming at the beach with friends, and playing loads upon loads upon loads of Super Smash Bros. Melee (with SG Ryan and Comptroller Joe). I can say with a certain confidence that this is basically all you’ll ever need to know about me. Pasta. Smash Bros. Beach. More pasta.

    I look forward to seeing you all at the conference and I hope its the best conference you’ve ever been to!

     


    Dillon Pham – DG of OPI

    Dillon Pham – DG of OPI

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    Hello all! My name is Dillon Pham and I am this year’s Director General of Office of Public Information. OPI, a vital part of our MUN program (although people fail to realize this) is in charge of all the materials to run the conference: placards, credentials, awards, you name it! Essentially, OPI is the stockroom to the department store, the postal service to your mail; I could go on….

    A little about me: I am currently a senior at Mission Viejo High School. Enrolled in MUN since I was a wee little freshie, I have grown to love and enjoy most of the MUN program. Unfortunately, I am in way too deep when it comes to school; I am part of the California Scholarship Federation, National Honors Society, International Baccalaureate, and multiple AP classes. I spent some time on the MVHS basketball team and am part of numerous clubs.

    I hope you guys are looking forward to this year’s conference; I know I am! Although OPI will be behind the scenes, just remember that we are there doing everything in our power to successfully run the conference on our end. Hopefully you guys all have a great experience at our conference!

    “Crocs are in, guys.” – Dillon Pham


    Tyler Lloyd- DG of Conference Planning

    Tyler Lloyd- DG of Conference Planning

    Tyler

    Hello! My name is Tyler Lloyd and I am the Director General of Conference Planning for Mission Viejo High School’s 32nd Annual MUN conference! This is my fourth year in this fantastic program and I really do enjoy every second of it. Not only do I get to meet new people and learn about the world, but I also get to improve my communication and debating skills as well.

    So here’s a little bit about me:

    Aside from Model United Nations, I am involved in the music program, as well as the school golf team, International Baccalaureate, Key Club, and I am Secretary of National Honor Society here at Mission Viejo High School.

    In the future I plan to attend University for four or more years. Aside from that, the future is something I do not know of in any certainty, but I am excited beyond my mind to see what it holds for me.I am a huge movie buff, and my favorite movie is Django Unchained. I love practically every Quentin Tarantino movie made, but then again so does everyone!

    And thus, I conclude by sharing my utmost excitement for this year’s conference with you! I am looking forward to meeting you and I hope that you have a wonderful conference experience.

    I wish you good luck on all your endeavors and I can’t wait to see you in January!