Engaging in Global Affairs

At the beginning of November, a group of hardworking Upper School students traveled to Murfreesboro to participate in a Model UN conference organized by the Tennessee YMCA’s Center for Civic Engagement. 
Model UN is a mock United Nations conference where students across the state gather and work as teams to represent a different country. Each team presents resolutions to the General Assembly after months of research on their chosen country. Students can serve as members of the Secretariat or Security Council or as lawyers who debate cases in front of the International Court of Justice. Students can also run to be officers for Model UN next year. 
We are so proud of seniors Hita Mohan and Alexandra Touliatos for serving as officers and sophomores Lily Karnes and Anum Raza for being elected to serve as officers next year. 
The Model UN conference for Middle School is in December. With the help of Middle School History Teacher Andrea Zimmerman, MS students diligently prepare while developing the tools to excel at the conferences as Upper School students.
Upper School History Department Chair Dalton Lyon said participating in Model UN “is a very important and helpful way for the students to practice citizenship. Students have the opportunity to research and become informed of current events and contemporary issues, vote, engage in civil discourse with their peers (nearly all of whom are strangers), and give speeches in front of hundreds of people.” Lyon is also the sponsor for GovClub, which includes Model UN in the fall and Youth in Government in the spring.

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