Nine sophomores, juniors and seniors who are members of the Rye Neck High School Model United Nations Club recently assumed the roles of UN ambassadors to debate a variety of current issues. They participated in the BrewMUNC Model UN Conference, held at Brewster High School on Nov. 10, and the BardMUNC Model UN Conference, held at Bard College on Nov. 17.
The student-delegates researched and prepared position papers for their assigned country or political person prior to attending the event. While at the conference, they discussed the compelling issues in their committee through the lens of their country, drafted resolutions and successfully collaborated with others to develop mutual understanding and strategies to resolve complex problems.
“All of these activities required good debating and speaking skills,” said Thomas Graziano, a teacher and the club’s adviser. “Our students worked hard to make agreements and resolutions with representatives from countries who may be polar opposites. In participating in these conferences, our students demonstrated a desire and ability to work with others in a polarized world.”
For their outstanding performances in their respective committees at the BrewMUNC Model UN Conference, seniors Jose Latorre and Sandy Zhang received special commendations, while Maggie Victory received the Best Position Paper award, and Risa Liebmann and Guillermo Pons earned Outstanding Delegate awards.
At the BardMUNC Model UN Conference, senior Dasha Boswell and sophomore Noah Thurer won Outstanding Delegate in their joint Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM) General Assembly committee. Senior Risa Liebmann won Outstanding Delegate in the Nixon-Vietnam Committee, sophomore Ruby Liebmann won Outstanding Delegate in the Congress of Vienna Historical Committee and junior Anna Boswell won Outstanding Delegate in the Venezuela Crisis Committee.
Graziano said members of the Rye Neck High School Model United Nations Club possess exceptional writing and speaking skills and share an interest in politics and history.
“The students who win the awards have a much better view of how current events and history interconnect,” he said. “Together, the desires to learn and be openminded are the most important aspects one can have for high achievement in a Model UN conference.”