Model U.N. Team Returns from Conference

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By Talishia Sears

McKinley's Model UN team, sponsored by Ms. Lee-Palis, participated in the annual Model United Nations Conference. Tenth graders Stephanie Navarrete, Marciel Rojas-Rosario, Alexis Harris, Les'Lee Lewis, Christopher Lopez, Robert Young, Angel Davis, Takiyah Edmondson, Bernard Thompson, and Mariah Brown attended the event. The students were divided into three committees: Economic Committee Latin American Caribbean, General Assembly, and Security Council.

"My experience being a member of the Model UN was wonderful. I enjoyed my time and the effort I put into the project. All the things I learned about my assigned country and other people's country were amazing because I never knew those things until now," said Takiyah Edmondson.

The purpose of the trip was for students to learn about the UN's procedures and activities, and to apply their research and knowledge in solving real problems. Students were asked to make presentations based on their country and committee issues. They were involved in debates and cooperative measures with other representatives from other countries. They drafted resolutions on the spot with each other and the members of the other nations. They also used their independent research to make decisions throughout the entire event.

"The students were all engaged, made wonderful presentations, and applied their knowledge about the United Nation's procedures in the conference," said Ms. Lee-Palis.

"We had to study Venezuela. While we were doing that, we also had to come up with why they needed fresh water. I would love to be in it next year and keep learning on how to research things. I met a lot of kids from places like Ghana and that was amazing," said Mariah Brown and Takiyah Edmondson who were partners in the project.

By Anna Kinsman |  May 29, 2008; 2:51 PM ET News
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