Hosting the 32nd Annual MVHS MUN Conference

    The MVHS MUN Secretariat

    The MVHS MUN Secretariat

    The 2013-2014 MVHS MUN Secretariat is a group of Model United Nations students chosen by their peers to organize the 31st 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 2013, 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


    Kendra Ritterhern – Secretary General

    Kendra Ritterhern – Secretary General

    KendraWelcome to the 31st MVHS MUN Conference! My name is Kendra Ritterhern and I am the Secretary General for the MVHS MUN Program 2013-2014 school year. I am looking forward to this year’s conference and seeing all your smiling faces on January 18th  and 19th. This will be my fourth year in MUN, and I have been in love with the program since freshman year. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to London, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and San Francisco with Model United Nations. In addition to being on MUN, I am Co-President of the Mock Trial team here at MVHS and hope to become a criminal lawyer one day, an interest I’ve pursued further with my internship with a judge at the Superior Criminal Court of Riverside. At school, I am also the secretary of the National Honor Society, I am going into my fourth year on varsity for lacrosse, and I am in many AP and IB classes. In my free time, I like to volunteer to help those with special needs as well as a homeless shelter in Santa Ana. I also enjoy hiking and scuba diving in Hawaii.

    Melissa Wanyoike – Chef du Cabinet

    Melissa Wanyoike – Chef du Cabinet


    Hello world! My name is Melissa Wanyoike and I am the current Chef du Cabinet. This is my fourth year in MUN and I love the program tons. I am involved in various clubs at school, and I am a part of the International Baccalaureate and various AP courses. A little bit about me is that I am Kenyan, both of my parents were born there but I wasn’t. I love Harry Potter and riding my longboard around with my friends. I am love John Mayer, High School Musical, and Grey’s Anatomy. I am also regularly mistaken as Beyoncé. It’s a blessing and a curse but I have learned to accept it as a factor of my being.


    Some quotes that describe my life:
    “DFTBA” –John Green
    “ I like to walk around with bare feet and I don’t like to comb my hair.” –Beyoncé [me]
    “Always.” – Severus Snape

    Brandon Tomlinson – Comptroller-General

    Brandon Tomlinson – Comptroller-General


    Hi all!! My name is Brandon Tomlinson and I am the current Comptroller General at Mission. Not many people know what my job does mainly because you can’t really tell by the title. I deal with the budget for MUN and I get schools to actually go to our conference. But besides that I love tennis, I have been playing since I was about 10 and have been on varsity for all four years.

    I don’t really do much besides tennis and school, of course I’m in MUN and have been since freshman year, but I also am in a bunch of AP classes and the IB program. I don’t know why but I like making my life stressful, I mean really stressful, especially with this job because if I make a mistake the conference won’t have any delegates.

    I also enjoy money, which is why I even wanted this position. I am looking to major in International Business or Entrepreneurship, and maybe go to my dream school Babson College outside of Boston, who knows maybe we will be class mates in the near future. I look forward to seeing you all at our conference this year. I will sign off with a Lana Del Rey quote that I hold dear to my heart…

    “Money is the anthem, of success”

    Jack Pechac – USG of the General Assembly

    Jack Pechac – USG of the General Assembly


    Hello, my name is Jack, Jack Pechac. I am the Under Secretary General of General Assembly this year. I’m sure you are enchanted to meet me. I have been in MUN here at Mission Viejo my entire high school career. I’m very excited to meet you all.

    I am on the varsity water polo and swim team here at Mission, and have been competing for 4 years. I am also a board member for CSF at Mission. I am in IB as well, and I am in a few clubs too. Outside of school, I have a few hobbies. I love to go fishing and hiking. I am an Eagle Scout from troop 636 and I’m proud of it. I really enjoy music. I like most genres, but my favorite is folk and folk rock. I love to play my guitar and banjo. I asked for a ukulele once and got the banjo instead. I watch a lot of T.V. and my favorite shows are Breaking Bad and Adventure Time. They really complement each other.

    Enough about me; I am sure you are wondering about GA committees this year. I have learned a lot about MUN from my experiences and plan to use my knowledge to help plan the best conference GA has ever seen. I expect resolutions to be adopted by the real UN. Yeah, that good. I have selected a cohesive group of chairs and legals and will be training them to provide the best individual committee experience for all of you. I look forward to the conference!

    In summary, I am an athletic Eagle Scout that will be planning GA this year. If you happen to have questions about GA, feel free to contact me or your chairs via facebook at any time. This year will be the best year yet! And that’s all I have to say about that.


    Kiana Arvand – USG of ECOSOC

    Kiana Arvand – USG of ECOSOC


    Hi I’m Kiana Arvand and I am the USG of ECOSOC. ECOSOC is the branch of the UN responsible for economic and social conditions. A lot of these “conditions” have very complex solutions, which take lots of time and money to solve. I am so excited for this year’s conference and I know everyone who comes is really going to enjoy it. But besides all that, I am a senior at Mission and am going on my fourth year of MUN.  I love going to Mission and am so proud to be a Diablo. I was our schools representative for RYLA, which was a leadership program hosted by the Rotary Club. The skills from that program have definitely helped me to be the best USG I could possibly be. Besides MUN, I have a lot of interests outside of school. I’m interning at Butterfly Therapies to further my knowledge in the field which I hope to have a career in, and I also have a job. I babysit for a family with five children, the oldest kid is twelve. So there is honestly nothing that surprises me anymore, which helps in the middle of any crisis. When I’m not working, interning, or working on MUN I love going to the beach, hanging out with my friends, and shopping. I can’t wait to see everyone at the conference, especially if you are in an ECOSOC committee. Have a great day!

    Adam Takatsuka – USG of Specialized

    Adam Takatsuka – USG of Specialized


    Hello! My name is Adam Takatsuka and I am the Under Secretary General of Specialized Committees for the Mission Viejo MUN Conference of 2014.  This is my fourth year in MUN.  Specialized committees at MVHSMUN consist of Security Council, ICC/ICJ, World Bank, and Ad-Hoc on Terror.  I have always had a special place in my heart for these committees as I believe they are the most exciting of all that exist in MUN. I am looking forward to working with the rest of our secretariat in creating the best possible MUN experience for you this year!

     I am currently enrolled in the IB program as well as numerous AP courses. I am also a member of NHS and I am currently the Vice President of CSF.  I am also on the Mock Trial team. Outside of school, I enjoy a multitude of different things. Such things include discovering new underground music, Christopher Nolan movies, landscapes, Arrested Development, bad puns, and carne asada burritos.  I also really enjoy the outdoors – backpacking and hiking are some of the best ways to see the beautiful untouched land still remaining on our planet. I have played piano for 13 years and drums for 5 years.

    I have done Shotokan Karate for 8 years and was National Champion in 2009 and 2012.  I am a member of the US national competition team and have traveled all over the globe for competitions.  Some of my favorite and fondest memories are from my experiences competing.

     So here you go, now you know me. Hooray! I look forward to seeing you at our conference and hope that you enjoy yourself at MVHSMUN XXXI!

    Jake Arlotti – USG of NUNO

    Jake Arlotti – USG of NUNO

    Jake Website

    Hi there! My name is Jake Arlotti and I am the Under-Secretariat General of Non-United Nations Organizations (NUNO). Im in charge of, well, everything that has nothing to do with the UN. I am a senior this year and this will be my 3rd year of MUN. I was born in California, but was raised in Colorado most of my life. Long story short, I am a country boy living on the beach.

    Besides MUN, I am also one of the captain of the varsity football team here at Mission as well as being a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I am also involved in Track & Field, CSF, Diablitos and will be starting my own program this year where varsity athletes help tutor freshmen athletes in math and science.

    In my free time I work for my dad’s real estate company demolishing offices and suites so other companies can move into spaces. I also enjoy l snowboarding, paint-balling, lifting weights, and fishing.

    I am really excited for this year’s conference! This year is going to be one to remember, especially in NUNO! It’s obviously where all the fun is. Have fun and Good luck!\

    “Live each day with Courage; Do what has to be done; Ride for the Brand; and Always finish what you start” – Code of the West

    Darya Abar – USG of Novice

    Darya Abar – USG of Novice


    Hello! My name is Darya Abar. This is my 3rd year in MUN and I have been appointed as the USG of the Novice Conference and I could not be more excited about this years conference!

    A few things about me that I’m assuming you would want to know include: I’ve spent most of my wonderful 17 years of life in water, it could be that I’m half fish or that my name means the ocean you choose. I moved here 3 years ago from North Carolina and trust me here is way better than North Carolina, I have played flute since I was a mere elementary student and loved every bit of it, and lastly I enjoying filling my plate with everything, I am currently on Mission’s swim team, in IB and AP classes, the Secretary on the CSF board, I am on Mock Trial, and in OCAD. I am also in MUN obviously. When I’m not doing all of those things I enjoy going on my boat because it’s so peaceful there compared to the rest of my life.

    Lets see to conclude my very interesting bio, I will leave you with a few things about my personality I am a very open person, smiles too much, and loves bacon. I will leave with what I hope this bio was a life-changing read.

    We as secretariat will put on a swell conference that you will never forget. Get pumped for the Missions 31st MUN conference!

    Zach Shields – DG of Technology

    Zach Shields – DG of Technology


    My name is Zachary Shields and I am the current DG of tech. what that boils down

    to is my responsibility for all of the projectors, Google sheets, and the opening

    ceremonies video. I take pride in my work and do the best I can to make our

    conference better.

    I Have been involved in the MVHSMUN program for 6yrs and this is the end of a

    great ride. I am doing my best this year to make the technology at our conference

    top of the line, and to make the resolution presenting process much better than


    At mission I am involved in the IB/ AP classes, I am a videographer, and a Pitcher

    on the Varsity team. I enjoy playing baseball and hope to play D1 at college and my

    dream school is the United Stated Military Academy at West Point.

    I hope you enjoy MVHS MUN and good luck!


    Grant Tobenkin – DG of OPI

    Grant Tobenkin – DG of OPI


    My name is Grant Tobenkin and I am the DG of OPI for this year’s conference. Now some of you may be asking, “Grant, what is OPI? I’ve never even heard of it…” Well, I’m glad that you asked that question on your very own with no prompting from me. OPI stands for the Office of Public Information and is basically in charge of getting all materials, namely awards, placards, and credentials, where they need to be. In essence, OPI is the stockroom to the department store, the postal service to your mail; I could go on…

    This is my fourth year of MUN; but, although it may seem like it at times, MUN is not my entire life. I also volunteer with the Challenger Division of Little League, which allows children with special needs to play baseball, am an active member in my synagogue’s youth group, as well as being a teacher’s aide on Sundays. I also am a part of the Diablitos program, and a part of the California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society. I also am in way too many AP and IB classes, and sometimes even manage to sleep at the end of the day.

    This year’s conference is going to be amazing! I’m really excited and you should be too! If you don’t hear anything during the conference about OPI, that means we are doing our job. I look forward to seeing you all at the conference!

    “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Jackie Robinson

    Shivani Narang – DG of Conference Planning

    Shivani Narang – DG of Conference Planning


    Hello! My name is Shivani Narang and I am the Director General of Conference Planning for Mission Viejo High School’s 31st 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 Link Crew, International Baccalaureate, and I am president of the club Hope for Diabetes here at Mission Viejo High School. I am a Girl Scout and, currently, I’m working on my Gold Award.

    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.

    My favorite author is Jodi Picoult (and my favorite book of hers is Nineteen Minutes if you are ever so curious).

    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!