On September 8, two Dana Hall young alumnae—Mary Fulham ’13 and Sofia Vegas ’15, both former members of Dana Hall’s Model UN team—traveled to Tokyo to judge the Tokyo Jogakkan School’s (TJK) second Model UN Conference. Fulham and Vegas spent a week working closely with TJK faculty and students in preparation for the conference. The topic was “Renewable Energy in Developing Nations.” This was Fulham’s second time judging and Vegas’s first.
Once only a relationship for student exchange, Dana Hall and TJK began collaborating for Model UN in June 2017 when Social Studies teacher Heather Panahi visited TJK to assist its faculty in preparing for its first ever Model UN competition. In September 2017, Fulham and Jen Lorthe ’13 served as judges. TJK students have visited Dana Hall’s campus the last two summers as well. Panahi said, “We are hopeful that this friendship will continue to develop, and look for new opportunities to make connections both within and beyond the classroom.”
Photos courtesy of TJK teacher and former Dana Hall faculty member Crystal Brunelli.
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