Centre County UNA is proud to support our local students participation in Model United Nations activities. We are even prouder to tell you about their amazing success! We received a note from Ed Fitzgerald, who guides the Model UN program at the Bellefonte Area High School. The students attended conferences in Ohio and Toronto. Even with the challenges of study and competition during COVID, Bellefonte rose to the occasion. At the Ohio competition the school took first place with 36 points out of a possible total 50 points. Students also won 7 out of 13 individual awards. This is against many schools where Model UN is a class, while in Bellefonte it is an extracurricular activity. In Ohio the students won the competition in:

Security Council 1: Excellent Delegate Awards went to Bellefonte students representing Vietnam, Niger, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and China.

Security Council 2: Excellent Delegate Awards went to Bellefonte students representing

St. Vincent & the Grenadines and China

Security Council 3: Excellent Delegate Awards went to a Bellefonte student representing


At the University of Toronto conference a BAHS student representing the nation of Niger, won an Excellent Delegate award.

We also want to recognize Mr. Ed Fitzgerald, AP Government and Politics instructor at BAHS and former President of Centre County UNA (2016-2020), for his work with Model UN. The students' success wouldn't be possible without the hard work he puts into preparing them for the competition.

Kudos to everyone involved in the program. Be proud of your success. We are!!!!

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  • Helen Sheehy

Casita de Mausi is a non-profit hospice and care facility in Panama City, Republic of Panama. It is devoted to providing care and lodging free of charge for low-income cancer patients who come from the Interior of the country. Without assistance these patients would not have the ability to travel the distances of up to eight hours in order to receive the superior oncology treatment available in the urban center.

Casa Mausi provides a comfortable and caring environment in which to stay. The patients receive on-site medical care, transportation to treatment facilities, as well as recreation and emotional therapy to ease the strain of their illness and being far from family. As demonstrated in the video, this loving support helps each patient make their way through what can be a personally devastating experience.

The pandemic has drastically decreased annual fund-raising, thus monetary assistance is very much appreciated. Donations can be made to the Centre County UNA PayPal account. This is the first in what we hope will become a series of "Stories of Hope" highlighting how individuals and organizations are reaching out to help one another in difficult times.

We hope to publish these stories on our website via our blog and on Facebook. The stories can be video or audio files, short stories, or poems, short blog posts, or art works. If you have an idea for a story and would like to submit it please use our Google form. Denice Rodaniche, UNA-CC Board of Directors.

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