Junior High Students Participate in Model UN in New York
For the third year in a row, junior high students in Mr. Josh Belanger’s life skills class had the opportunity to travel to New York to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) conference the week of March 18.
As part of the unique UN simulation experience, pairs of students represented specific countries, negotiated for consensus on pressing global issues and sat in the UN General Assembly to vote with other middle school delegates from around the world. Prior to the conference, students participated in specific committee meetings on a variety of issues they had conducted research on in class.
Some committees experienced easy resolutions to their topics while other committees had a challenging time reaching common ground with other delegates. Both circumstances provided our students the chance to participate in real-world, beyond the classroom learning.
The experience culminated with 1500 students from around the world gathering in the General Assembly room and announcing the "resolutions" passed during the simulations. A very limited number of students were selected to communicate those resolutions from the same podium from which presidents, prime ministers and other world leaders have spoken. Three Red Knight delegate pairs were chosen to present including Blue Wagoner, Teigan Blaine, Bjorn Stephany, Lance Hoover, Lillian Hertel (pictured above, left of speaker) and Victoria Zamorano (pictured above, speaker).
The ceremony was live streamed here (you can see our Red Knights in action at the 11:30, 19:10, and 32:00 marks). “They did an amazing job!” said Mr. Belanger.
While in New York, students also had the opportunity to explore Lady Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, City Hall, Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Times Square.
Mr. Belanger says he hopes “this experience is one students can reflect back on in the future and realize lessons learned that they may not even have noticed while they were here.”
The trip offered an important and unique experience for students to know and understand the issues the world is facing and an opportunity to make the world a better place.