Claire Spaulding, '15, Staff Reporter
April 30, 2012
Filed under Student Life
At seven a.m. on Saturday, March 3, a group of bleary-eyed students climbed the stairs to the third floor of Washington-Lee, dressed in business attire and moaning about the early time. About nine hours later, those same students left the school exhausted but satisfied, having spent the day figuring out ways to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.
This was WASHMUN III, the third annual conference hosted by Washington-Lee’s Model United Nations club. The conference was attended by about 200 people, including the Washington-Lee students who were running the conference and participants from twelve schools.
Through the fees other schools had to pay to participate, along with sales of t-shirts and snacks, the club raised over $800. The money will be going towards a trip to a Model UN conference in Costa Rica in April. The club could have raised more, but the cost of participating in WASHMUN III was deliberately kept about $10 lower than the cost of participating in other local conferences. The club’s sponsor, Ms. Nicole DeRocco, says that the important thing for the club is not to raise money but to raise awareness. Conferences hosted by Washington-Lee have started to gain a reputation for being enjoyable and well-organized among middle school Model United Nations club sponsors, and as a result, far more schools are participating. The number of students who came to WASHMUN III was a sharp increase from the number of students who attended last year, which was also significantly more than the year before.
The conference was the only one Washington-Lee Model United Nations club hosted this year. Students from the club have attended five other conferences since September and won twenty-four awards.