AnahuacalmecaC (9-12th) Semillas Executive Director Earns Honorable Mention on David Lynch Foundation Annual Change Begins Within Benefit Gala Event Program
Anahuacalmecac Student Delegates Recognized as Bruin Model United Nations Competitors The 19th session of the Bruin Model United Nations (MUN) conference was held from November 12, 2011 to November 13, 2011 on the campus of UCLA. Eight Anahuacalmecac IUP students competed this year, going against top students from around the U.S. Every year, Model United Nations at UCLA welcomes high schools from across the nation to a competitive simulation of United Nations bodies, NGOs, and international organizations. This year, schools from Florida, Nevada, and Arizona competed against schools from California. Delegates experienced an opportunity to explore international issues and ideas in a competitive debate environment facilitated by the dedicated student staff of Bruin MUN. Anahuacalmecac MUN student advisors Cynthia Garcia and Tlayecantzi Marcos Aguilar were pleased to see all of our delegates actively engaged in the debate in each of four committees our students were assigned to. Prior to the conference each student researched and wrote a position paper reflecting their assigned country’s policies and their own unique analysis of the given issue. We salute our student delegates and their capacity to engage in a national level student discourse on current affairs.
On December 3, 2011, Semillas Executive Director, Marcos Aguilar was given an honorable mention by the David Lynch Foundation on their Annual Change Begins Within Benefit Gala Program. The Benefit Gala was a huge financial and social success featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Brand and of course David Lynch himself. The gala benefits the Foundation which provides training in Transcendental Meditation to students, veterans and Native Americans.
In the case of Semillas, DLF has supported Semillas as both a center for indigenous families in Los Angeles and as an inner-city public school. Semillas has partnered with the David Lynch Foundation to start a Quiet Time in Anahuacalmecac. Forty students have committed to take part in this five day instruction and to meditate twice daily, including weekends and vacations. The Quiet Time Program is designed to enable students to rest, release stress and strengthen their creative potential. Quiet Time is part of Semillas’ schoolwide indigenous cultural curriculum called Yehc Ohtzintle.
Bruin MUN Delegates: A.Perez (11th), J.Guevara (12th), J.Ochoa (12th), and E.Garcia (12th), M.Kuauhtzin (10th), I.Aguilera (10th), N.Carrillo (10th), M.Perez (9th)
Afterwards, UCLA Government Relations representative Marco Perez visited Anahuacalmecac on Friday, November 25, 2011 to recognize our students. Mr. Perez stated that “Semillas is the first UCLA Community partner in El Sereno.” We thank Marco Perez for coming out to acknowledge our students and community.