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SJCS Middle School Students Attend Model UN Conference

SJCS Middle School Students Attend Model UN Conference

Twenty-nine SJCS students attended the Middle School Model United Nations Conference April 11-12 in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

The Middle School Model UN program, a full-year curriculum implemented in schools with direction from the YMCA Youth in Government staff, helps participants expand their knowledge of global issues while also improving their debate and leadership skills. Students study and represent a particular country, create a “Festival of Nations” display and write a resolution to be presented at the Model UN Conference.

SJCS students Audrey Bears, Johanna Gruenefeld, Liv Mosness and Sophia Oehler represented Iceland. Gianna Andrews, Emmie Paradise, Annabel Burress and Kiera Miller represented India. Jayda Demirel, Olivia Locklar and Cares Elder represented France. Cecily Busby, Farra Bryan and Ellis Terry represented Turkey. Catherine Lynn, Sutton Alexander, Noah Simmons, Miles Lynn and Manning Zacher represented Argentina. Julia Busby, Olivia Silkworth, Grayson Netzler, MC Conners and Lily Anne Sustakovitch represented Ireland. Kalyn Meadows, EG Williams, Sara Gutierrez, Ella Pierce Hodge and Molly Monroe represented Venezuela.

Although there are no "winners" at the conference, delegations that go above and beyond are recognized with awards. Two SJCS delegations were recognized: Turkey for Outstanding Resolution; and Iceland for Outstanding Festival of Nations Display Board. Delegate Noah Simmons was recognized as Outstanding Statesman.

Middle school faculty members Elaine Trakas and Cheryl Landstrom served as the team’s moderators this year.

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