To the Editor:
Recently we had the privilege of joining 20 juniors from Lakeland Union High School, along with their mentor and teacher, Mr. Frank Keeler, for a week of intellectual debate and historical learning in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Keeler offers a unique extracurricular class called Model United Nations. The students on this trip represented our community in a way to make each of you proud.
They kept pace with a hectic schedule and gained a much larger perspective and appreciation of our country. The students who choose to do this club are highly motivated individuals and are students capable of working diligently and independently.
The students meet before or after school for a few months to learn about the country and social/political issues they will represent. They research their topic and write very detailed and comprehensive papers. The students then present, debate and work to persuade other students to join with their team of ideas.
The competing students are from around the U.S. and the world. Proudly, the students at LUHS have won awards in these competitions. Mr. Keeler enhances this trip for the kids as they travel to and learn about the creation of this great country and the first settlements from Jamestown to the Liberty Bell and Union Hall. They see the home of George Washington then travel to current day and pay their respects to those fallen at Arlington Cemetery, World War II Memorial and Korean War Memorial, to name a few.
These young adults also had the opportunity to see The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Smithsonian Institute.
The MUN students from LUHS worked hard in preparing for and planning this trip. On behalf of the students, we would like to thank Mr. Keeler for the incredible opportunity he offers these students. We would like to thank Mr. Bouché and the school board for supporting this one-of-a-kind extracurricular opportunity and we would like to thank the community for their support.
The students fundraise by helping at community events, such as Beef-A-Rama.
In return, the MUN club supports the Honor Flight program to show their appreciation for all the great men and women who have served our country.
Eileen Durette and Connie Trapp