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Waterworks Authority sponsors water camp for kids

First Model UN conference held in Chiang Mai

Prem’s graduating students accepted at A list universities

Waterworks Authority sponsors water camp for kids

The 6th annual Thai Youth Love Water Camp was recently held at Regional Training Division 1 with children aged from 10-12 years old who besides having plenty of fun learned about water resources, conservation and proper usage.

Mr. Wichian Udomrattanasin, deputy director of the Provincial Waterworks Authority giving some good advice to the children attending the camp.
Mr. Wichian Udomrattanasin, deputy director of the Provincial Waterworks Authority officially opened the camp along with Miss Punjana Kamnunseht, director of Regional Training Division 1.
“I’m glad to give my full support to the Thai Youth Love Water camp, because they are the power of nation. If they have a good understanding about using water and its worth, the better the future for all of us.” said Mr. Wichian.
This year 52 children participated, more than last year which was held in Kon Kaen. We do games and activities that will help the youth change.
This event is held every year and has gained great acceptance by the parents who let their children attend and learn while having fun.

The children learning more about water and having fun too.


First Model UN conference held in Chiang Mai

Martin Foakes addressing the MUN assembly, with U.S. Counsel General Beatrice Camp and CMIS students Jung Min Lee and Alesha Dunlevy looking on. (Photo courtesy of Spencer Davis)

Martin Foakes
The Chiang Mai International School auditorium was the scene of some intense diplomatic wrangling and political debate on April 28, when CMIS hosted the first ever Chiang Mai Model United Nations (MUN) conference. Forty-three student delegates from CMIS, Lanna International School (LIST), and Nakorn Payap International School (NIS) represented 19 countries from around the world to debate two resolutions relating to global issues. There are several such events held around the region in cities such as Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Beijing, but this was the first time that an MUN caucus has been planned and hosted in Chiang Mai.
“Chiang Mai is such an obvious place to hold an event like this,” explained CMIS teacher Martin Foakes, who also pointed out that with several international schools around the city, and with its strong community links, Chiang Mai has the potential to develop the MUN into a prestigious annual event that will attract participants from schools around Southeast Asia.
The conference was officially opened by the U.S. Consul General Beatrice Camp, who spoke about her role in working with U.S. citizens and NGOs in Chiang Mai. Mrs. Camp has been involved with MUN events before, and her speech provided useful insight into the role of diplomatic language in conveying an understanding of alternative points of view.
The subject of the first debate was “Global Energy Resources” – a topic chosen because of its importance for all nations at the conference. Sustainability is one of the key themes of the United Nations’ Eight Millennium Development goals. Jessie Uhrig and Peeradej Tanruangporn of CMIS, representing Sweden, spoke first in support of a resolution that called for the development of sustainable energy policies, and renewed commitment to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions as set out in the Kyoto protocol. Predictably, calls for increased reductions were resisted by the U.S. and China, but a “friendly” amendment tabled by India that set more modest targets was agreed upon and adopted by all countries. A subsequent Italian “amendment to the amendment” was deemed unnecessary. A suggestion from the boisterous, oil-rich Venezuelans that oil should be considered a renewable energy resource was rejected by most other countries. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, a series of increasingly threatening exchanges between the Venezuelan delegation and Thailand were intercepted by the Chair, Jung Min Lee of CMIS, who announced that, “Venezuela, you have been given a second warning. If you continue to act in this way, I shall have no option but to have you physically removed from the building!” An international crisis was thus narrowly averted, and the amended resolution was supported by almost all countries at the conclusion of the morning debate.
In a surprise emergency situation, delegates were advised that due to shifts in the polar ice shelf, sea levels were set to rise by a minimum of three meters over the next few weeks. The international community was called upon to come up with some imaginative solutions quickly. Chiang Mai residents already have considerable experience at stemming rising flood waters, although the Italian suggestion of pumping water into wells to raise land levels has not yet been tried. In an inspiring display of optimism and cooperation, all the nations of the world voted to support the Security Council resolution in order to respond to the crisis together.
The “Outstanding Delegation Award” was won by Bunny Sethi of LIST, who represented India. “Best Speaker Award” was also widely contested, but Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn from NIS won over the organizers with an impassioned performance on behalf of Iran.
The Chiang Mai Model United Nations is open to high school students from international and local schools in the region. Interested parties should contact Mr. Martin Foakes at CMIS (053 242 027), or by e-mailing [email protected]


Prem’s graduating students accepted at A list universities

Jon Hartmann
Prem’s amazingly diverse graduation class of 2007 quite fittingly is going all over the world to Universities and Colleges.
Emmy (from Thailand) has been accepted into Economics at the London School of Economics, a school rated number 2 in the world. This achievement emphatically answers the question of whether a student from Northern Thailand can get into the finest Universities in the world. Emmy is also on the waiting list at Williams; a superb, highly rated College in the USA and has won a full tuition scholarship worth $96,000 to Quest University Canada.
Ana Xavier (from East Timor) has also won a full tuition Scholarship worth about 40,000 pounds to Westminster University London. She will study languages and international development.
Denise Gan (USA/China) has been offered a $10,000 a year Scholarship (total value $40,000) to study English/Journalism at Occidental College LA USA. She has also been accepted to UT Austin Texas rated number 32 in the world.
Raphaela Turner (USA) has gained entry to the prestigious University of Southern California to the Annenberg School for Communication which is rated one of the top in America to study public relations.
Ugen Lhazin (Bhutan) has a $22,000 a year scholarship to study psychology at Quest University Canada (total value $88,000) and has gained entry to Melbourne and ANU in Australia.
Pema Euden (Bhutan) has been accepted to ANU Canberra Australia (rated number 16 in the world) to study International Relations and also Melbourne University (rated number 21).
Panon Leelamanit (Thailand) has received a $5000 a year Scholarship to study commerce at the famous UBC in Vancouver Canada. He has also gained entry to Melbourne University.
Nati Hagay, (Israel) a certificate student, will do an Arts Diploma at Deakin University Melbourne Australia.
Naomi Soetarjo (Indonesia) our brilliant actress from Bali, will try for some of the top Dramatic Art Schools in the world in Australia one of them being NIDA which has produced Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, and Hugh Jackman. We wish her luck.
Nichar Gregory (UK/Thai) gained acceptance to Warwick, Sheffield, East Anglia, Sussex, St. Andrews and York Universities in the UK to study Biology. She also has offers of Masters Degree programs already, based on her IB predicted score.
Hyman Cheng, (Taiwan) a certificate student, is applying to Silpakorn and Payap Universities in Thailand to study in Hospitality Management.
Esther Kim (Korea) has been accepted in many fine hospitality schools in Switzerland and Australia but will probably enroll in the University of Breda Holland to do a Hospitality/Hotel management degree there.
Sonam Pejore (Bhutan) and Vincent Loots (Holland) will also probably accept the University of Breda but all three have gained acceptance into some of the finest Hospitality Schools in the World.
Amy (Thai) and Simran Madan (Canada) are going to New Zealand and are applying to the University of Canterbury and University of Victoria. Amy is going to study International Relations and Simran is studying Resource Engineering.
Chelsea Bell (USA/Thai) has been accepted to the University of Colorado into the exciting field of Theatre Studies which really suits her talents.
Gluay (Thai) has been accepted at Leeds University and London Metropolitan University for Management and Economics. She has other options coming up in Australia and Canada as well.
Billy Kim (Korea) has gained acceptance into Penn State University USA for Social Science.
Udit Pandey (India) is also going to the USA. Udit has been accepted to Purdue which is in the top 5 Engineering Schools in the USA .He has even been invited to apply for the IVY League University of Columbia for his second year.
Tatiana Mohler (Brazil) is going to study English Studies and Communications at a highly regarded University in Hong Kong while Shimpei Morinaga (Japan) is applying for IT at the prestigious BOND University in Australia which has a 98% post degree employment rate.
Moss (Thai) has been accepted to London Metropolitan, King’s College and Regents London to study International Business.
Hannah Smith (UK) is going to do both Art and some International Relations at Maidstone University in the UK but has been accepted by Nottingham, Sussex and East Anglia.
Lilly Zeitler (Germany) has been accepted for Sussex, London Metropolitan and SOAS in the UK to study Development Studies and International Relations.
Lena Zimpfer (Germany) will apply to a University in Amsterdam in February 2008 and Jason Lim (Germany/China) will also teach English for 6 months in Korea before applying to Germany for a Visual Arts type degree program.
Tashi Ongmo (Bhutan) has a number of options which include Wentworth USA or Australian Universities doing Visual Arts/Interior Design.
Jeremy Walkiewicz (Poland) is attending Leon Kozminski Business School in Poland to study Business. Vladimir Hird (Ukrainia) has gained acceptance to the University of New South Wales rated 41 in the world and James Cook University to study Business in Australia Mai (Thai) is on the waiting list for Architecture at Chulalongkorn and has Thamassat and ABAC as her second and third choices.
Congratulations to the Class of 2007 which has achieved these results!