Staunton High School students participate in Model UN
This semester fourteen students from Staunton High School participated in this spring’s Model United Nations Invitational held at McKendree University. The conference began with an evening session on Tuesday, April 9, and lasted two full days ending on April 11 with an awards ceremony in which two S.H.S. students were recognized for their excellence within their individual committees.
To prepare for the conferences each semester, the students are required to write resolutions from the perspective of the country that the individual delegates represent. This year S.H.S. students represented China, Chile, and Bosnia. Each committee has a set of topics that represent current issues in the world, and the delegates within those committees come up with creative ways to solve these issues through their resolutions.
Additionally, one delegate from each school may choose to participate in the International Press Delegation. S.H.S. Sydney Dal Pozzo was this year’s delegate. She covered 3rd SCH (Social, Cultural and Humanitarian) writing articles each day reporting the news from the committee. Those articles can be found on the McKendree website, McK MUN Chronicle.
This semester S.H.S. students interacted with other delegates from fourteen other schools, both large and small from the greater St. Louis-Metro area. Within the committees, the students were challenged to speak publicly pro or con for resolutions, ask question of these speakers and write on-the-spot amendments for resolutions that are then debated and adopted by the delegation. The following students were stand-outs among the S.H.S. delegates.
Wrote amendments to resolutions that were adopted/passed:
Marley Renner (China) – General Assembly; Callie Luttman (China) – 3rd Committee – Social, Cultural and Humanitarian (3rd SCH); Nicolas Skozewski (China) – 1st Committee – Political; Hailee Cox (China) – Economic and Social; Brenden Kelly (Bosnia) – Economic and Social.
Wrote resolutions that were passed:
Blake Kolesa (Bosnia) – General Assembly; Jared Royer (China) – Science and Technology.
Earned an award for overall participation in committee:
Nicolas Skorzewski – Honorable Mention, 1st Committee-Political; Hailee Cox – Superior, Economic and Social.
This is Cox’s fourth award in four consecutive semesters; she has earned three previous honorable mentions.
Next year S.H.S. will represent Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, and Austria when they go back to McKendree to compete in both the fall and spring conferences.
The Model UN group and their advisor, Mrs. Ashley Walden, would like to thank the student body, faculty, staff, school board, and community for their continued support of the Model United Nations program. This organization helps students to push their own personal boundaries in writing, public speaking, and collaborative settings, giving those students opportunities that have benefits both in the S.H.S. classrooms and for their future educations and careers.