The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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October 16, 2013

Model U.N. Club returns to Lakeside High School

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — With his first year at Lakeside High School well under way, Special Education tutor Cooper McMannes saw a void he believed he had the background to fill.

“When I came to Lakeside, I discovered they did not have a Model United Nations organization for their students,” he said. “I thought, ‘this is something I'd like to get involved in.’”

With the cooperation of administration and the teaching staff, McMannes restored Lakeside's Model U.N. Club, a program in which students compete in tournaments around the region, where the students are assigned countries and topics and asked to role play and debate. By doing this, they learn about world politics, foreign affairs, debate and global positioning.

“It allows and encourages individuals to gain perspective into world affairs without egocentric thinking,” McMannes said. “It truly opens one’s eyes as to why the world works the way it does. A person's views are often changed when they have to debate something from a side they've never seen or experienced.”

McMannes, who will be the club’s advisor, has set many goals for Lakeside's Model U.N. Club.

“I have a good core group of students but I want it to expand,” he said. “I want to make this a Lakeside institution.”

The idea has been met with excitement from the students and staff at Lakeside because it has been several years since the school has had a Model U.N. Club.

Teacher Raena Sidbeck said Model U.N. provides life lessons and is a good example of the type of education the district wants to provide.

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