Young Heights High diplomats win awards in Model U.N.

Heights High students who participated in the Autumn Model United Nations Conference: (L-R) Mary Jane Reinhardt, Georgina Jolivette, Andrew Schellenberg, Anabel Pederson, Ben Schuster, Anya Chew, David Matia, Eli Snow-Rackley and Remi Godard.

Nine Heights High students were delegates in the Autumn Model United Nations (U.N.) Conference, and three students won awards.

Juniors Anya Chew and Ben Schuster won the Excellent Delegation Award and freshman Georgina Jolivette won the Position Paper award.

Each delegation represented a country in the U.N. Chew and Schuster earned the Excellent Delegation award for their research and preparation, which they demonstrated through written and verbal presentations, and for their ability to compromise during negotiation. They represented Spain and presented resolutions in the Security Council promoting free trade in the South China Sea and supporting monetary payments for refugees in Yemen. Both resolutions were passed by the member nations in the council.

Chew is president of the Heights Model U.N. club and Schuster is vice president.

“I really like learning about other countries and the negotiating process,” said Chew.

“Anya and I worked well together,” said Schuster. “To be effective, we both had to contribute and collaborate.”

Jolivette earned the winning Position Paper award for her research and concise description of Jordan’s position on the illegal trafficking of organs and transplant tourism. She presented the paper in the World Health Organization committee. “I enjoy researching and learning about less-developed countries and their challenges,” said Jolivette.

Social studies teacher Karen Bauer-Blazer is the Model U.N. advisor. “I am very proud of the students’ negotiating skill and ability to persuade other delegates to support their position,” said Bauer-Blazer. “The Heights delegation displayed excellent diplomatic skills!”

The other members of the delegation are Remi Godard, David Matia, Anabel Pederson, Mary Jane Reinhardt, Andrew Schellenberg and Eli Snow-Rackley.

The Autumn Model U.N. Conference was held at the Cleveland Bar Association Nov. 4-5 and is sponsored by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Fourteen schools participated in the event.

The Model U.N. is an international organization that hosts conferences for middle school, high school and college Model U.N. clubs. Thousands of students around the world participate in Model U.N., which requires researching, public speaking, debating, writing, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership skills.

Joy Henderson

Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.

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