Hosting the 33rd 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 33rd 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 2015, 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


    Mihir Nilkanth – Secretary General

    Mihir Nilkanth – Secretary General

    mihirWelcome to the 33rd MVHS MUN Conference! My name is Mihir Nilkanth and I am the Secretary General for the MVHS MUN Program 2015-2016 school year. I am looking forward to hosting this year’s conference and seeing all of you on January 16th and 17th. This will be my sixth year participating in this program. In addition to being on MUN, I have run cross country and played tennis. Because of my interest in community service, I have also taken on the role of President for CSF. I have a passion in science and medicine, a passion that I hope to further in college, medicine school, and beyond. In my spare time I love to hike all around Southern California, go to concerts (alternative music is the best), and sleep!

    But enough about me! Let’s talk about the conference! The secretariat has worked extremely hard to aspire to put on 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 within Caucus groups. I’m so excited to see you all in January!


    Emily Jystad – Chef du Cabinet

    Emily Jystad – Chef du Cabinet

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    Hello fellow delegates! My name is Emily Jystad, and I’m a senior at Mission Viejo High School, and I’m entering into my 4th year in our MUN program. I’m the Chef du Cabinet for the MVHS MUN Secretariat 2015-2016, and I’m beyond excited to have started and ended high school participating in MUN! I am, also, a part of the Girls’ Cross Country at MVHS and a volunteer for Saddleback Kids at Saddleback Church during the weekends. High School went by so extremely fast, and I hope to spend my senior making lasting memories, including this year’s MVHS MUN Conference. I’m so excited for you guys to be coming to our school this January, and the Secretariat and I will be working our hardest to make this year the best yet!


    Patrick Cespedes – Comptroller-General

    Patrick Cespedes – Comptroller-General

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    My name is Patrick Cespedes and I am the Comptroller General of MVHS MUN. Basically, I am in charge of the budget and conference attendance. I have been in MUN for three years.
    Aside from MUN, I belong to the California Scholarship Federation, National Honors Society, International Baccalaureate and Spanish Club. Additionally, I am the president of the Autism Youth Ambassador Club. I used to play soccer at Mission, but I quit to focus more on MUN.
    Outside of school, most of my time is consumed by my job at Weil & Drage Law Firm. I also enjoy hanging out with friends, going to the beach and listening to Drake.
    I am really excited for this year’s conference and hope all of you have a great experience as well. We’re working really hard to make sure this is our best conference yet.


    Sohaima Khilji – USG of the General Assembly

    Sohaima Khilji – USG of the General Assembly

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    Hi everyone my name is Sohaima Khilji and I’m super excited to be your USG of General Assembly committees this year! I’ve been in Model United Nations for all 4 years and I’ve also been involved with Academic Decathlon, Thoughts for Cancer, and I’m a part of the International Baccalaureate program. I’m also a member of programs at our school such as CSF, NHS, and make a difference club. I also am passionate about being involved in the Council on American-Islamic Relations to help combat issues like Islamaphobia that have been very important parts of my life. In my free time I enjoy watching my favorite television shows such as Scandal, Greys Anatomy, and Suits.
    One of the reasons I’m really excited to be your USG of General Assembly committees this year is because I feel like General Assembly committees provide the best platform to raise awareness about serious global issues. This year’s topics include force-feeding, and the refugee crisis in Syria. I’m hoping that with topics like these this year in General Assembly Committees everyone would walk out on Sunday with a new understanding of the world. I’m looking forward to this year’s conference and I hope that you are too.


    Jessica Rasanayagam – USG of ECOSOC

    Jessica Rasanayagam – USG of ECOSOC

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    Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Rasanayagam (long last name, right?) and I am happy to be serving you as the USG of ECOSOC for the MVHS MUN 2015 Conference! I have been in Model United Nations program all four years of high school and chose ECOSOC because I enjoy assisting not only people, but our environment too. In school, I also participate on the academic decathlon team, serve as club president for Thoughts for Cancer, and am a part of the IB program. Out of school, I absolutely love to hike or go to the beach and spend time with friends.
    I really enjoy connecting with and getting to know others, so if you see me during the conference at all, don’t be afraid to say hi and introduce yourself! This team has devoted both time and effort towards this conference and we hope you take the most out of it. I truly believe if an individual is passionate enough about the topic in their committee, they can and will make a difference in our world. An MUN conference is just the practice run for creating an opportunity to make a change in our world.


    Keiana Snell- USG of Specialized

    Keiana Snell- USG of Specialized

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    My name is Keiana Snell and I am this year’s Under Secretary General of Specialized Committees for the Model United Nations program. MUN has truly shaped my high school experience since I stepped onto the Mission Viejo High School campus four years ago, and I am excited to be able to share our amazing program with you.

    Other than my eternal devotion to the excellence that is MUN, I am involved in numerous organizations on and off campus, including the California Scholarship Federation, National Honors Society, the International Baccalaureate program, Varsity girl’s lacrosse, creating a beach cleanup club, and working with children during the summer. My ultimate goal in life is to become a foreign diplomat, cooperating with others to stamp out prejudice and poverty in a lifetime.

    In my limited free time, I enjoy hiking and concert-going with my fellow Secretariat members (catch me in the front row at any local concert). I am avid about photography/videography and hope to capture my future global travels through my lens. I’m obsessed with food and plan on eating my way through every tourist destination I visit.

    We at MVHSMUN are excited to host you for our upcoming conference in January. I look forward to running the best committees at the conference in Specialized.

    The Mission Viejo High School Model United Nations program is ready. Are you?


    Anya Mansoor – USG of NUNO

    Anya Mansoor – USG of NUNO

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    Hey there! I’m Anya Mansoor and I am BEYOND stoked to be serving on the MVHS Secretariat as the USG of NUNO for the 33rd Annual MVHS MUN Conference. This is my third year in MUN and I can personally attest to the sentiment that M-U-N is, in fact, F-U-N. Debaters over haters. Anyways, as USG of NUNO I’m responsible for overseeing the crisis committees during the conference, which basically allows me to walk in to your committee and shatter your hours of compromise and hard work into pieces so I can laugh at your pain (and so we can pursue international diplomacy and peace in the only truly delegate-driven committee in the conference, but that’s whatever).
    When I’m not contemplating the moral quandaries of life and solving world hunger and such, I keep myself entertained with school clubs such as CSF and NHS, in addition to a full IB course-load; I’m also on the Comedy Sportz team here at Mission and serve as the club president of the MVHS Laura’s House Club. Outside of school, you can find me playing guitar, going to concerts, or standing idly by as our Secretary-General, Mihir Nilkanth, gets me blocked by celebrities on Instagram. I’m so so so excited to be working with our amazing, talented, and good-looking Secretariat to put on a fun and memorable conference. I can’t wait to see you all there! :-)
    “One doesn’t need sunglasses on a gloomy day, and yet it is on a gloomy day that one must look one’s flyest.”– Ezra Koenig


    Cameron Gordon – USG of Novice

    Cameron Gordon – USG of Novice

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    Hello Delegates! My name is Cameron Gordon and I am this year’s USG of Novice. I’m super excited to be on secretariat this year! In my spare time besides doing homework I enjoy taking pictures, going to Korean Barbeque, going to the beach, and reading books I find at the dollar bookstore. I have played lacrosse for 5 years and I am on the Varsity team at Mission. During the summer you are most likely to find me at Lake Mission Viejo, where I work as a lifeguard.

    This is my 4th year in MUN, and I can truthfully say that I’m glad I choose to stay with this program for the entirety of my high school career. This course has made me more culturally aware, has increased my worldly knowledge, and has made me into a better public speaker than what I was freshman year. I hope that you have a great time at our conference!


    Pranav Menon – DG of OPI

    Pranav Menon – DG of OPI

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    Hello All!,
    My name is Pranav Menon and I am the Director General of the Office of Public Information for the 33rd Annual Mission Viejo High School MUN Conference! I have been a part of MUN for 5 years and am beyond grateful to be given the opportunity to finish my last year of my high school MUN career on secretariat. My job entails a lot of work behind the scenes. I am responsible for all of the placards, credentials, and other necessary materials required for each committee to run flawlessly also make the only thing delegates really care about, the awards!
    Outside of MUN, I have a lot of other activities that take up the rest of my time. I am currently enrolled in all AP and IB classes. I am also a part of a number of clubs such as Autism Youth Ambassadors and Junior Statesmen of America. I also created a startup with two of my friends known as Collarship.
    Outside of school, I am an avid sports follower. I follow almost every sport imaginable. I passionately support the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers, San Diego Chargers, and FC Barcelona. I also love to go to the beach and you can often find me at my 2nd home, Bowl of Heaven. The name is not deceiving at all.
    I cannot wait to see all of you guys at the conference in January. Our entire MUN program, my fellow secretariat members, and myself will do our very best job to make sure this is one of the best conferences you ever attend. We want to make the conference entertaining, yet informative, as you guys debate about some of the most prevalent issues around the world with the common goal of deriving a solution for them. I am counting down the days for the weekend of January 16-17!!
    See you then!


    Pahrmis Hashemi- DG of Conference Planning

    Pahrmis Hashemi- DG of Conference Planning

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    Hi there!

    My name is Pahrmis Hashemi and I am the Director General of Conference Planning and Head of Freshmen for Mission Viejo High School’s 33rd Annual MUN Conference! This is my fifth year in MUN, and it has truly been such an incredible experience! I have learned so much about the world and have also made lasting friendships and unforgettable memories!

    Along with MUN, I manage my AP/IB courses, am the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Treasurer, and the Pediatric Diabetes Awareness Club President. I played basketball for two fantastic years and was named Junior Varsity captain and Most Valuable Player.

    Some of my favorite things to do are spending quality time with family and friends, going to the beach, going to concerts, watching movies of all genres (although I’m not a huge fan of horror), jamming to my Pandora playlist, and eating food, particularly sushi, Buffalo Wild Wings, and ice cream. I enjoy watching a lot of TV shows, including Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, and Grey’s Anatomy, in addition to some really entertaining reality TV! I also love Disney Channel Original Movies, old school Disney music (Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, HSM, etc.), cheesy Lifetime movies, Six Flags, hiking, paddle boarding, and travelling!

    I hope you all are just as stoked for this year’s conference as I am! I can’t wait to see all your smiling faces in January! Be ready, be diplomatic, but most importantly, have fun!

    Much love,
    Pahrmis Hashemi