TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 7, 2014) – On Friday, February
21st, middle and high school students from local and surrounding areas came
together at Florida State University’s Turnbull Center to debate international politics at the Tallahassee Southern Model United Nations
(TSMUN) 18th annual conference.
TSMUN is a non-profit organization committed to
international education and awareness about global affairs. The organization
was founded and is staffed by alumni Tallahassee Community College Model United
Nations (TCCMUN) student participants. Each year, hundreds of students from
area middle and high schools come together to research pressing global issues
such as nuclear weapons and sustainable development. The student delegates are
assigned a country and they simulate United Nations procedures, collaborating
to find solutions to real-world problems. This year’s theme was “Peace and
Security” in light of recent international events.
This year, TSMUN was pleased to host Guy Djoken, executive
director for the UNESCO Center for Peace in Washington, D.C. Djoken, son of a
former political prisoner from Cameroon, spoke to students about overcoming
adversity, and the importance of believing in yourself and dedicating your time
to help others when at all possible. During his speech, Djoken presented
six scholarships, one full and five half grants, to attend a two-week Model
United Nations (MUN) summer program in Washington, D.C. The recipient of the
full scholarship was Melissa Gentry from Wakulla High School.
In addition, TSMUN also awarded their annual scholarships to
two outstanding delegates at the conference. The recipients, who must be
seniors in high school and participants in TSMUN to be eligible, receive full
tuition scholarships to attend Tallahassee Community College and are accepted
into the award-winning TCCMUN team. TSMUN is proud to announce that Aracely
Cruz-Miranda of John Paul II High School and David Damon of Wakulla High School
were awarded these scholarships and will be attending TCC in the fall of 2014.
For more information about TSMUN, visit their Web site at www.tsmun.org. Students who are interested in
participating in TCCMUN can contact Richard Murgo at firstname.lastname@example.org.