Twenty MHS Students Take Part In Northwestern University Model UN

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Nicholas Taylor
Local Model UN students.

Editor's note: Nicholas Taylor is a 10th grader at Middleton High School. 

Delegates from the Middleton High School Model United Nations club are back in classes after spending four days with more than 600 students from across the Midwest debating international affairs. 

Twenty MHS students descended on Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., on April 11-14 to participate in the Northwestern University Model UN conference. Model UN conferences allow students to take on the role of international diplomats for the purpose of collaborating with others, learning about foreign relations, and attempting to solve the problems of the world.

“The best part of the conference was working with other delegates and sharing different ideas,” sophomore Joey Duff said.

The conference was organized by Northwestern students, and featured a variety of dynamic committees, ranging from the UN Security Council to the cabinet for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, set in the 1980s.

“I really enjoy learning about other nations and other cultures,” said Sam Ropa, another sophomore delegate. “NUMUN provided very extensive background guides and a good environment for delegates to effectively represent their countries.”

Apart from normal committee session, some committees had what are called, “midnight crises,'' in which the delegates were woken up in the middle of the night to solve a problem. 

“Even though my country wasn’t directly affected by the crisis, the committee was able to pass a directive to solve the problem” said sophomore Alec Smith, a member of the Organization of American States representing St. Kitts and Nevis.

After a long weekend of debates, speeches, and presentations, the conference came to an end, with delegates feeling enriched with information.

“The importance of compromise was one of the things that I took back with me. Although it was very tedious to work out the specifics, I realized the only way to get anything passed was to collaborate and focus on the most effective solution for everyone,” said sophomore Ellen Opitz, the African Union delegate from Gabon. “NUMUN was definitely my favorite conference. I am so coming back next year!”

MHS social studies teacher David Piovanetti is the adviser for the MHS Model UN Club.

To see more photos from the conference, please visit the district's Facebook page.



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