Friday, March 2012
Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC conference)
From February 2nd-5th over 2,300 students―representing about 100 schools from 17 different states and seven countries―participated at this four-day event at the Palmer House. Teams came from as far away as Singapore and the Netherlands. The Chicago Waldorf School Model UN Team was there engaging in various debate and diplomacy initiatives.
Model U.N. provides students with an understanding of the complexity of international relations. They gain experience negotiating and reaching consensus with a wide-range of people and perspectives. By tackling such topical issues as climate change, poverty, and human rights, students engage in the world and are encouraged to contribute solutions.
“At Model U.N. I got the experience of working with people who have different opinions. We learn how to come to a compromise. We learn about international affairs and why differences cause problems. We learn how to effectively voice our opinions in a concise way to get our point across. Model U.N. gives us these life skills.”
- Anyah Akanni, 9th grade CWS team member
At the award ceremony that concluded this conference, two of our team, Anyah Akanni and Joanna Northage-Orr, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to debate. Congratulations to all members of the team who devoted many hours of research and practice to preparing for the conference!
Our CWS Model U.N. included nine participants. In the group photo above they are (as pictured from left to right):
Augie Verciglio, Sarah Price, Anyah Akanni, Liam Lundy, Joanna Northage-Orr, Paco Alvarez, Alex Morson.
(Not pictured: Armel Cazedepats, Clay Shane)
Our third and final Model UN Conference of the school year, NUMUN, sponsored by Northwestern University, takes place in April. Please join me in wishing our Model UN Team members well in their next big conference.
Submitted by David Massie, Model UN Team Faculty Advisor