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TSMUN hosts 18th annual conference, awards eight scholarships in partnership with UNESCO, TCC

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 Cente​r 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 murgor@tcc.fl.edu

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