by Judy Dumont
The Lincoln Academy Model United Nation’s delegation attended the Dartmouth Model United Nation’s conference from April 10 through April 12, 2015. Fifteen students participated as delegates in three types of committees: general assembly, specialized, and crisis. Some of the committees that LA’s delegates worked with were the World Health Organization, the International Maritime Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United States Cabinet, and the Trojan Cabinet, a historical crisis committee. The LA delegation was involved in eight additional committees. MUN co-faculty advisor, Andrea Keushgerian attended the conference with the delegation.
Each delegate represented a country in the United Nations and helped their committee work together to resolve their assigned conflicts. The countries LA represented were Jordan, India, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, Japan and Israel. Some of the topics discussed at the conference included micro financing which targeted millennium developing country goals, the insurrection at the Brazilian Olympics, terrorism and insurgencies, rights of refugees and resettlement in the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and disputed territories in Kashmir and Jammu.
Two LA students were recognized at the Dartmouth conference. Elise Dumont was awarded Outstanding Delegate for representing India in the World Bank committee. Camden Reiss was awarded an Honorable Mention for representing Jordan in the Economic and Finance Committee.
This was the last high school conference for two LA seniors. Upon reflecting on his experience with MUN, Camden Reiss stated, “Model United Nations has given me the opportunity to completely develop my public speaking skills while gaining a better knowledge of various current events happening worldwide. Personally, I never thought I would enjoy doing anything like this, but after trying it, I realized the experience was worth not missing. Overall, during my short time participating in MUN, I have become a better global citizen, which has given me a worldly perspective that I can apply to local issues.”
Alex Welch stated, “Model United Nations has been an amazing opportunity and given me a plethora of skills that I can use for the rest of my life, like public speaking, teamwork, and negotiation, just to name a few. It has also helped make me to become more globally aware, which is especially necessary today when the world is so connected. MUN allows students to have a go at solving some of the world’s toughest problems from ending the Israel-Palestine conflict to ensuring that every child gets an education. Although MUN is just a simulation, I will be able to use what it has taught me, to (hopefully) make the world a better place.”
The LA team looks forward to recruiting new students for next year’s delegation. In the 2015-2016 season, they will tentatively attend conferences at University of Connecticut, Columbia University, Dartmouth College and Southern Maine University.