A group of local eighth graders has spent the past school year preparing for the 10th Annual Global Classrooms UNA-USA International Middle School Model UN (MSMUN) Conference in New York City. The late-March conference annually hosts over 1,600 participants from around the world.

The 19 students on the San Marcos Middle School (SMMS) team are led by Social Studies Teacher Lawrence Osen and have been busy fundraising to be able to make the trip. Preparation has included writing position papers and resolutions, learning parliamentary procedures, and collaborating with local high school model UN teams at regional conferences. For the conference SMMS delegates were assigned to represent the countries of Nicaragua, Senegal, and Gambia on five committees. Their debate topics were Sustainable Energy for All; Girls’ Education and Gender Equity; Combating Racism; Malaria, TB, and Other Infectious Diseases; and Eradication of Poverty. A Title 1 school, SMMS is the only Californian public middle school to be attending the conference. Discover more at www.smusd.org/smms.