By: Jair Guevara (Class of 2002), Communications Manager at ISP

This year ISP proudly celebrated its 25th Panama Model United Nations Conference (PANAMUN). It just so happens that this year also marked the 50th Anniversary of The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN). 

As we prepared to celebrate our 25 years of Model United Nations we reached out to former ISP teachers, and PANAMUN Faculty Advisors. When we contacted Irwin and Mary Stein to ask them to comment on the memories of PANAMUN they were quick to mention that a similar project was in the works to compile the 50 year history of THIMUN. It was during one of our conversations that they mentioned they would like me to write something about my experience, as a former cartoonist for MUNITY the THIMUN conference newspaper.

I did this thinking, why not take the chance, and see if ISP can make it into this book. As soon as I sent it on I was already thinking, at least I tried, it was worth a shot.

A few weeks ago we received a copy of the book titled Shaping Tomorrow: 50 years of Inspiring Youth. To my surprise I flipped the pages of the book and first found ISP mentioned on pg. 229. What also makes the newspaper (MUNITY) unique is the diversity of the press team members. While several schools have over the years been the backbone of the operation in leadership, including the International School of Beijing, the International school of Panama, John Burroughs School, (and the list goes on).

During the student speaker speech at this year’s graduation, delivered by Andrea Donayre, she mentioned that ISP stands for I Stand Proud. The piece I wrote is not about me, I am certainly proud of it personally, but more than that I am proud that our school is among the top international schools mentioned in this publication. This piece is about how ISP and the experience it offered me through PANAMUN and THIMUN helped shape me as a person and professional. As I have said before I couldn't be happier to have returned to ISP being able to use what I have learned, after that initial spark, to make ISP the best school it can possibly be.

If you are interested in reading this publication it is available in the main office. There is also soon to be a copy delivered to our library and media center.

This is just one of many reasons to proclaim I Stand Proud, #thereisnoplacelikeisp.