Secretariat

The 2016-2017 MVHS MUN Secretariat is a group of Model United Nations students chosen by their peers to organize the 34th 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 12 seniors comprise the Secretariat this year.  These students began work on the MVHS MUN Conference in the Spring of 2016, 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.

Key:

USG = Under Secretary General – a Secretariat member in charge of conference committees
DG = Director General – a Secretariat member in charge of the operations of the conference

Jackson

Hi! I’m Jackson Maxwell, and I’m thrilled to be your Secretary-General for this coming conference! This will be our 34th year hosting MVHSMUN, making us one of the oldest programs in Orange County.

My involvement in MUN began in middle school, but it wasn’t until my first year at Mission that things really started taking off. Since then, I’ve taken my competitive mentality and applied it to individual committees as well as the leadership of the program in general. In addition to MUN, I hold positions in Key Club, GSA, Cappies and Drama Council, and I’m also interning on a State Assembly campaign.

In my free time, I like to surf, sail, and hang out with friends. I’m also an amateur photographer/graphic designer as well as a singer in MVHS musicals. Of course, I don’t get a lot of free time due to my full IB course load, but I try to make do with what I have.

As Secretary-General, I’m in charge of all the planning and organizing for our program, whether it be for freshman orientation, night debates, Secretariat, or the conference itself. I’m working with a fantastic group of people this year, and I can’t wait for January!

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My name is Drew Calof and I am a member of the MVHSMUN 2016-2017 Secretariat. I hold the position of USG of General Assembly, meaning that I will be in charge of the largest committees in the entirety of the MUN program. This will be my fifth year in MUN and I am truly elated to be a part of such a wonderful program! Beyond MUN, I also am active in Mission’s Drama and Choral programs, holding the positions of Choir Librarian and Bass Section Leader, along with being a member of the most advanced Drama class that Mission offers. On top of all this, I am a full-IB student, taking some of the most rigorous courses available!

With all of my remaining free time, I hold an internship at the Dana Point Ocean Institute, where I am working for my third year on multiple research projects relating to whale and dolphin behavior. Some of my hobbies include reading science fiction, performing on stage, and singing classical music.

McKenna

Hello, delegates!!! My name is McKenna Etheridge, and I'm proud and honored to be this year's Under-Secretary General of Economic and Social Committees (USG of ECOSOC)!! I'll be handling all the committees that deal with some of the biggest discussion topics for teens, including human and civil rights, the environment, and all that jazz! I'm very excited to be working with my other MUNers on these amazing topics!

A little about me: I'm a senior here at MVHS, and I've done MUN for four years. When I'm not killing myself over my classes and workload or working on the conference, I'm in the choir room. For three years, I have fallen in love with choral music. I'm a soprano in the MVHS Chamber Singers, the highest choral group at my school. Before that, I was in the advanced women's ensemble (Treble Choir) for two years.

There is one accomplishment that I would love to share. I was the representative for MVHS at the California Girls State conference in Claremont. CAGS is an experience for senior girls to learn about the functioning of their government and create their own version of California. It's a week of also inspiring young women in California to pursue politics and whatever they so desire. This was the best week of my life since I left with a newfound passion, confidence, and about 550+ new sisters.

Other than that: I'm a musical theater groupie, and Harry Potter and country music are my life. I'm also very proud to work at In-N-Out Burger in Laguna Hills! That's about it for me! I can't wait to see y'all at the conference!

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Hi everyone! My name is Catherine Nohra and I am the Under Secretary General of Specialized Committees here at Mission, my job is to coordinate and oversee all of the Advanced Specialized committees including the Security Council and International Criminal Court. For the past four years MUN has shaped my high school experience and I can’t wait to share that with all of you at this years’ conference!

When I’m not busy with MUN I am involved in a variety of programs, I played JV girls’ golf for two years, have participated in Academic Decathlon, and am now the President of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF). Along with this I also manage a full IB schedule.

Outside of school I am passionate about volunteering, while on the weekends I am typically catching up on a TV show or listening to entire albums on repeat. I can guarantee that most of my Friday nights are spent at football games or Comedy Sportz matches (unless I am preparing for an MUN conference striving to attain a higher level of excellency in proposed solutions). M-U-N is F-U- N and I hope that after attending our conference you feel more enlightened about world issues and inspired to make a difference in our world.

See you then!

Pahrsa

Hello Delegates!

My name is Pahrsa Hashemi and I am the Director General of the Office of Public Information (OPI) for Mission Viejo High School’s 34th annual MUN conference. Being head of OPI requires patience and lots of busy work; I am in charge of making the country placards, credentials, as well as making any and all awards, essentially the Kinkos of the MUN conference. This will be my 6th year of MUN and I am beyond ecstatic to see what this final year has in store.

Aside from MUN, I manage a partial AP/Honors course schedule; I am the President of our school’s Pediatric Diabetes Awareness Club and also have dedicated two years to playing basketball for our freshmen and sophomore basketball teams here at Mission. I’ve also spent this last year coaching youth recreation basketball. I am proud to say that our team holds the title for league champions!

Outside of school activities, I like to spend my free time eating LOTS of Chipotle and Chic-Fil-A. I enjoy playing basketball and wrecking anyone that tries to play me (especially Sarth, our USG of NUNO), managing multiple fantasy football leagues (it’s basically a part time job), and going to the beach. In my spare time, you’ll find me watching Big Brother, Brooklyn 99, and Bachelor in Paradise (no shame). I enjoy listening to music (preferably Flume or Childish Gambino).

I look forward seeing you all at our conference. Feel free to come and visit me in the OPI room!