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On Saturday, Sept. 27, student members of the Model UN Club at Marshall High School will host the fifth annual My First Model UN conference to train high school and middle school students from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area on the essentials of international relations. The single focus of the training conference will be global warming and climate change, issues that will be the subject of international action at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Among the Fairfax County public schools that will participate in Marshall’s My First Model UN training conference are Cooper Middle School, Edison High School, Glasgow Middle School, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Jackson Middle School, Madison High School, McLean High School, Robinson Secondary School, and Rocky Run Middle School.

Katrina M. Gumbinner, homeschooled in Great Falls, has been named as a 2009 National Merit scholarship semifinalist.

William M. Brumas and Jennifer H. Suh, both of Langley High School, have been named as 2009 National Merit scholarship semifinalists.

Paul Capp, Anthony M. Charles, Zachary B. Charles, Adam N. Scott, Athreya J. Tata and Miles A. Zinni, all of McLean High School, have been named as 2009 National Merit scholarship semifinalists.

Rachel Lauren Brown of Great Falls, a senior majoring in religious studies and history, has been named to the spring 2008 dean’s list at the University of Rochester, Rochester N.Y. Brown is the daughter of Steven and Beth Brown.

Piper Edwards of Vienna has graduated with a bachelors degree in art from Pacific University of Oregon in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Zachary Groff of McLean and a student at Georgetown Day School in Washington D.C., has been named as a 2009 National Merit scholarship semifinalist.

Erin Callahan of McLean has been named to the spring 2008 dean’s list and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Ithaca College of Ithaca N.Y. Callahan is the daughter of Walter and Joan Callahan of McLean.

Brian Rita of Vienna has been named to the spring 2008 dean’s list at George Mason University. Rita is an information technology major, and a 2006 graduate of Bishop O'Connell High School. Rita is the son of Fred and Virginia Rita of Vienna, and grandson of Virginia McGavin of Vienna and George and Patricia Rita of Alexandria.

Augustus Jackson Spivey, a graduate of Langley High School, has enrolled at Hampden-Sydney College with the Class of 2012 as a Patrick Henry Scholar. Spivey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory B. Spivey of Great Falls.

Andrew T. Osinbajo of Westfield High School in Chantilly has been named a semifinalist in the 2009 National Achievement Program.

Two McLean students, Olukemi O. Adegoroye of the Madeira School, and Stacey L. Manjong of McLean High School, have been named as semifinalists in the 2009 National Achievement Program.

Nia A. Roberson of Oakton High School in Vienna has been named a semifinalist in the 2009 National Achievement Program.

Students at Marshall High School host the fifth annual My First Model UN conference on Sept. 27, to train high school and middle school students from the Washington, D.C. area on the essentials of international relations.

The single focus of the training conference will be global warming and climate change, issues that will be the subject of international action at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in Dec. 2009. A Background Guide on Global Warming and Climate Change, coauthored by Marshall High School senior Autumn Yu and junior Annapurna Yeleswarapu, is posted on the Marshall High School web site, www.fcps.edu/marshallhs/activities/clubs/mun.

In partnership with the University of Virginia’s International Relations Organization (IRO), Marshall’s Model UN Club has invited 250 middle and high school students from area schools to participate in the daylong training program, teaching advanced Internet research skills, writing international law, practicing public speaking, and writing for Model UN. The afternoon committee sessions, chaired by students from the University of Virginia’s IRO, will give the novices, acting as ambassadors representing some of the 192 member-nations at the UN, the opportunity to present their countries’ views and practice what they learned in the morning sessions.