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Centennial Students Represent at JHUMUNC

Words: Chy Murali

Centennial’s Model United Nations (MUN) attended the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference (JHUMUNC) from Feb. 5 to Feb. 8. 35 delegates represented Centennial at the conference which was attended by schools nationwide.

Depending on the committee they were a part, delegates represented countries or historic figures to solve various issues, such as education in impoverished areas, that affect many people around the world. Students worked collaboratively in trying to solve prevalent issues in the world. Two students. Juhi Dwivedi and Daniel Park, won awards from Centennial including a Best Delegate award in Quad Kashmir and an Honorable Mention in the Press Corps respectively.

A novice member included Sally Kim, who feels that she learned a lot from her experience and the other people she met at JHUMUNC. “Any MUN conference is a learning opportunity, I saw how others carried themselves when speaking, what research other delegates conducted, and the variation of ideas that were implemented in resolutions,” she said. The capability of other delegates of her age impressed Kim and has inspired her to continue participating in MUN for the rest of her high school career.

MUN attempts to combine academic and public skill together through public-speaking, debate, and research. Centennial’s MUN has existed since 2006 and currently has 60 active members.

Kim was a part of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, or SPECPOL, where delegates were given topics such as that of election monitoring and private military contractors. She found the hardest part was representing the country’s views on certain issues of which she differed but noted that, “It is a delegate’s responsibility to accurately portray a country through the eyes of its government.”

Rudia Park, another novice member, represented Benin during the conference. “It was a very great experience,” she said, “It motivated me to improve my speaking skills.”

Nadine Eloseily, the Spring Coordinator of Centennial’s MUN, coordinated the conference for Centennial and was proud of her team’s accomplishments including the two awards and said,“I would also like to thank the board and all the delegates who worked very hard all throughout all JHUMUNC 2015.”

She found the experience enjoyable and was proud of the students at Centennial.

“I feel as though Centennial Delegates did a phenomenal job at this conference,” she said, “This was the first time for many of our delegates to attend a collegiate conference, yet they all were very involved and actively participating in committee.”

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Centennial Students Use Their Passions to Make a Difference

Words: Maryam Elhabashy

“We feel that although art is used for portfolios and personal development, it is seldom used to directly help those who are less fortunate in our community. It’s nice to create art, but it’s even better to share it and use it to further a cause.”

Those are the words of Daniel Park when asked what the inspiration was behind creating the Howard County High School Art Charity. Mina Sun and Daniel Park, both students attending Centennial High School, initiated the project which created a correlation between art and the community that has never been thought of before.

The charity, known by those involved as HSACC, was created to help high school students around the county do what they love while helping others. The way the program works is that students all over the county can donate their art pieces to art charity collections at their own schools. All the art donations are collected, and then sold at different values and venues. The money that is received via the sale of the pieces will go to the United Way of Central Maryland.

“Their main functions [of the sales] are assisting families who are literally on the brink of becoming homeless and encouraging education among their children,” said Park. Both founders recognize how devastating the loss of a home must be and how detrimental the loss would be to the education and future of the children faced with the circumstances.

When Nan Collins, one of the art instructors of Centennial, was presented with the idea in early April, she was excited and looking forward to getting the project started.

“I was very proud that my students had organized this project that would go to such a noble cause,” said Collins, who wasn’t the only one to be thoroughly affected. The United Way of Central Maryland was “very impressed,” described Collins. “They were very moved that students organized this and chose this organization [to donate to].”

Creating such a project came with hardships, the foremost of them doubt. “We thought that the most difficult part would be receiving enough pieces, and this has proven itself somewhat true due to the recent AP weeks.” Collins added to the list of obstacles saying that it wasn’t particularly easy “figuring out the logistics, how to collect the artwork, convincing students to give up a piece of their artwork…” Collins has been doing what she can to convince her students to enter submissions from their sketchbooks rather than pieces of artwork that they are looking to preserve.

The project has made good progress; however, it isn’t making as much progress as Park would like to be making. “We’ve managed to collect around 40 pieces as of now, but we’re hoping to get some more before the end of the year rolls around,” said Park.

Collins, along with Sun and Park is considering making HSACC a continuous program. “We have initially planned to end the collection in June and sell the pieces all in September, but after recent discussion, we have decided to make the processes of collection and selling a continuous process throughout next year. We hope that this may become a lasting tradition at Centennial.”

Collins is also working to form a small committee within the National Art Honor Society. The only thing holding them back is the lack of time. Collins remarked, “It’s a busy time of the year.”

Despite the crazy schedules that come with the end of the year, there is still plenty of time to enter artwork. For anyone that would like to donate small pieces, there is a folder in the bin by the front of Collins’ room. Larger pieces are to be brought into the room and handed to Collins. For those interested in helping out, contact centralmarylandartfair@gmail.com.

Sun and Park are examples of how simple acts and ideas can make huge differences in society. There is opportunity for everyone everywhere. “If you have a cause,” said Park, “it’s never too early to contribute. It’s not difficult at all to find a charity project and find people who are interested in improving the lives of others as long as you truly believe in the cause that you’re working for.”

CHS’ Model UN Team Goes to Hopkins

Words: Miranda Mason

From February 7 to February 10, Centennial’s Model UN Club competed in the Johns Hopkins University Model UN Conference, with sophomores Emily Abdow and Daniel Park receiving an honorable mention.

At the event there were around 1,800 student competitors, with four countries and 26 states represented. The purpose of the conference was to simulate the environment of the United Nations with various debates, the attending students acting as delegates from countries all across the world.

Park received his honorable mention for working as a delegate of Guatemala, and Abdow won her mention for her representation in the Women’s Rights Commission for Syria.

“The conference was great especially because we could meet all the people from around the world. It was a great experience and a lot of fun,” said Park.

Fances Galante, a CHS government teacher and the Model UN advisor, said, “They were a great team this year. I’m really proud of all of them.”