Model UN elects new secretariat for 2009-2010

By Nicki Resnikoff

Joe Girton ’10, Claire Kao ’10, Alex Leichenger ’11 and Michelle Yousefzadeh ’10 were elected the secretariat for the Model United Nations club for next year.

Club members cast votes through e-mail May 18.

The process of nomination was different from previous years.

While members used to make nominations during a club meeting, this year interested students were asked to write personal statements including which positions they would like to be.

The personal statements were then sent to Model UN members who voted.

Girton, who has been in the club since 10th grade, was last year’s junior representative. He will be the president for the 2009-2010 school year.

“It’s going to be great,” he said. “I’m really looking for next year. I think we’ll go far.”

Yousefzadeh was elected vice president. She has participated in Model UN since ninth grade.

“I look forward to the great and successful delegation we’ll have next year. I’m going to try to make all the conferences run as smoothly as possible,” she said.

Kao, who has done Model UN since she was a freshman, is the new secretary.

“I was happy when I found out because it will be a nice way to end my Model UN career,” Kao said.

This year’s junior representative will be Leichenger.

Girton already has ideas for next year. They will be going to an extra conference, and Girton hopes to add more committees to the conference the school hosts.

“Really I just hope to get more people involved,” Girton said.