Model UN Attends First Conference

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Model UN Attends First Conference

Model UN members pose together with their awards. The team traveled to Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. It was the teams first conference together as a group. Each member represented a different country and had to debate about topics common to that country.(Photo Submitted)

Model UN members pose together with their awards. The team traveled to Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. It was the teams first conference together as a group. Each member represented a different country and had to debate about topics common to that country.(Photo Submitted)

Model UN members pose together with their awards. The team traveled to Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. It was the teams first conference together as a group. Each member represented a different country and had to debate about topics common to that country.(Photo Submitted)

Model UN members pose together with their awards. The team traveled to Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. It was the teams first conference together as a group. Each member represented a different country and had to debate about topics common to that country.(Photo Submitted)

By Sammie Herr

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Model UN will attend their first conference of the year at Washington University in St. Louis. The conference will run from Oct. 12 to 14, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The FHN students in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in one of 16 crisis committees.

“It’s super different than the one we went to last year,” Club Vice President Uma Upamaka said. “Instead of acting as countries in the United Nations, we are delegates on a council in different crisis situations.”

At the upcoming conference, participants will choose a fictional situation to be put in. The scenarios range from solving the crime problem in Gotham city to saving a floundering future Walt Disney World. Once they are sorted, students from different schools will work together in committees to solve the problem they are faced with from the viewpoint of the fictitious council they are acting as.

“Typically students would have to write a position paper in preparation for a conference, but for this they have just been researching what the viewpoint of their council would be,” sponsor Mike Parker said.

To ensure everyone is prepared, the students will also receive an hour of crisis committee training before the opening ceremony on the day of their arrival to Washington University.  After their 11 hour day of meeting in crisis committees, all the FHN students will spend some quality time together walking around the Washington University area and getting dinner.

“I’m excited to go and meet students from other schools,” sophomore Ben Ell said. “Interacting with them and getting to spend time with the other FHN members is going to be a lot of fun.” 

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