Southern Pines – O’Neal’s Model United Nations team competed in the Spring Model United Nations Conference at Appalachian State University March 29th and 30th. The teams walked away with a superior delegation, excellent delegation and several honorable mentions. Team members are: John Anderson, Mackenzie Melton, Lauren Dailey, Stefan Woolley, Simone Woolley, Paschal Curlin, David Lewis, Jack Casey, Andrew Shoecraft-Martin, Isabel Huesa, and Ceci Bockoven.
John Anderson received a superior delegation representing China in UNICEF council while the sister/brother team of Simone and Stefan Woolley received excellent delegation in the UNICEF counsel representing the United States. Also representing the United States, Lauren Dailey and Mackenzie Melton received honorable mention for their work in Security Council. David Lewis and Andrew Shoecraft-Martin received an honorable mention representing the United States in the UN Women’s Council. Award criteria is based on 1)knowledge of country’s position 2) skill in using parliamentary procedure 3) ability of all delegation members to cultivate political support and votes for positions taken during the session.
High School Model United Nations allows for students to represent countries in talks with other countries that have policies they may not agree with, training the students to be open-minded and flexible and forcing them to analyze all of the positions, even those they oppose. Students are encouraged to propose constructive solutions that will benefit all parties. These learned diplomatic skills help students prepare for leadership roles in the future. The spring and fall conferences in Boone, NC are organized by the International Relations Association of Appalachian State University. Public and private high schools participate.
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