By Mr. Jeff Sepulveda (MUN Advisor)
On Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, ATS hosted our now annual ATS Model United Nations event, ATSMUN 2013. This year’s event was bigger and better than ever, lasting 2 days, and in total more than 200 students were involved, including all ATS Middle Students playing roles as United Nations delegates, students joining us from the Latino Americano school, ATS 5th graders as pages, and a dozen ATS High School Students as organizers and facilitators of the event. In addition to two days of debate sessions, ATSMUN 2013 included two days of food, games, awards, music and fun. Model United Nations is an academically enriching activity which gives students the ability to work co-operatively and creatively to seek solutions to some of the world’s most urgent problems. Model U.N. develops skills in history, reading, writing, geography, logic, oral expression, leadership, diplomacy, debate and critical thinking. But one of the most important benefits of M.U.N. is that it stimulates young students to not only take an interest in and research about current events topics, but to apply their knowledge and energy into getting involved as global citizens and trying to make a difference in the world.