York Prep was privileged to attend the 13th Annual Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference at the United Nations Headquarters May 17-19.
As is the custom with this conference, Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon addressed the more than 3,000 students from 15 different countries at Opening Ceremonies on Thursday evening. York Prep Model UN team members Sam Kay and Lucas Mollod, both of whom were attending the Conference for the first time, found the Secretary General’s remarks inspiring and informative.
York Prep’s 25-member team represented the country of Italy in a variety of mock United Nations committees. The group researched and debated a wide range of real world issues, such as increasing development among middle income countries, preserving fisheries, criminal accountability of UN officials and experts on mission, the effects of atomic radiation, and external debt sustainability. The host of the conference, the United Nations Association, arranged for some of the leading experts in many of these fields to brief the delegates as they worked toward solutions.
The team’s hard work was rewarded at Closing Ceremonies on Saturday night. Ten of York Prep’s team members won awards. Sophomores Jackson Potter and Sean Tarzy were named “Best Delegates,” the highest award given in the Human Rights Council. Junior Jeremy Losak and Senior Ari Palley won a “Best Position Paper” award for their work in a Historical Security Council. The following students received “Honorable Mention” for their efforts in their committees: Gilad Palley and Daniel Caragiulo (8th grade), Erez Zborowski and Jordan Parks, (10th grade), and Sam Weintraub and EnSok Kim (11th grade).
Mrs. Marshall Fleenor, the advisor of the Model UN team, was extremely proud of the students’ performance at this conference. “Model UN is an amazing educational experience, where students use their critical thinking and writing and public speaking skills to solve problems facing the international community,” said Mrs. Marshall Fleenor. “They learn how to compromise and negotiate and they become ‘experts.’ The Model UN simulation reinforces the need for students to become globally responsible citizens. Our students are not only our future—they are the present. They can and will make valuable contributions.”
Congratulations to Mrs. Marshall-Fleenor and the entire Model United Nations team for their award-winning performance. Go York!