Seven LA students attended Maine Model United Nations Conference (MeMUNC) at the University of Southern Maine on May 16-18. MeMUNC is the only conference for high school students in Maine. MeMUNC celebrated its 20th year this year and went from an original enrollment of 36 in 1998, to this year over 500 participants.
Lincoln Academy students attending were: seniors Nicholas Miaoulis, Finn Dworkin, Lauren Pusey-Nazzaro; juniors Emily Harris, Madeleine Archer; sophomore Erin Dworkin and freshman Riley Stevenson.
Committees that they served on included the General Assembly (EcoFin), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Topics debated by LA student delegates included global issues of the Rohingya Refugee Crisis, North Korea Nuclear Testing, Sustainable Seafood, Managing Earth’s Waste, and the Kurdish Self-Determination Issue. Nearly all committees had guest speakers with direct experience with each topic, which added depth and context to student debates.
Senior Nicholas Miaoulis represented Spain and was one of four students honored (out of a committee of 199 delegates) with an Honorable Mention award.
The students and their adviser. LA teacher Andrea Keushguerian, stayed in the dorms on the USM campus and experienced “the flavor of campus life,” according to Keushguerian. “The students all agreed the food was good, and even our delegate who is a vegetarian could find good healthy food to eat in the cafeteria while we were there.”