Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Model United Nations

The Seventh Annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Middle School Model United Nations Conference took place on Friday, April 8, at Smith Middle School and the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence (CCEE).

Approximately 120 students from the four Chapel Hill-Carrboro middle schools came together to participate in a Model UN conference. They spent a school day at the CCEE, researching, learning, and debating together with their peers. The conference simulated debates at the United Nations Security Council. It was organized by the UNC School of Education in cooperation with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District. The committees were chaired by officers of the Model UN clubs at Carrboro High, Chapel Hill High and East Chapel Hill High.

The participating schools and the teachers preparing the students included:

Culbreth Middle School, William Giblin and Elwood Peters
McDougle Middle School, Penny Martin and Nicole Walker
Phillips Middle School, Michael Harris
Smith Middle School, Erin White

Students were assigned one of the countries in the UN Security Council. They researched their country’s geography, history, culture, economy, and politics, especially its position towards the topic, "Combatting the spread of Daesh through military intervention.” During the conference they assumed the role of diplomats, representing their respective countries in the United Nations Security Council, attempting to interject their country’s view on the conflict into a resolution to be adopted by the Council.

Winners in the category of Best Delegation for each of the four Security Councils are listed below:

Security Council A: United States - Bar Caspin and Juanita Roncancio of Culbreth Middle
Security Council B: United States - Anthony DeCesaris and Thea Barrett of Smith Middle
Security Council C: France - Caeden Greene and Joshua Facello of Smith Middle
Security Council D: France - Robin Gao and Stephanie Zhang of Phillips Middle

Congratulations to all our winners and everyone involved. It was a truly amazing event.