Students Attend Model United Nations at Gannon University
The 63rd Model United Nations Conference took place November
13 - 14, 2015 at Gannon University in Erie, PA; drawing together approximately
500 students representing thirty high schools from Pennsylvania, New York, and
Ohio. The purpose of this conference is for schools to represent a country in a
mock United Nations meeting. There were six issues that the delegation
discussed and debated at this year’s conference. These issues ranged from
combatting cyber warfare to the need for healthcare reform. Issues are chosen
each year from those that the United Nations is currently addressing.
Student teams are
responsible for researching a country and determining it’s viewpoints on the
selected issues, as well as suggesting possible solutions for these issues.
Also, each “country” must be well versed on its history, as well as the history
and parliamentary procedures of the United Nations. The major challenge for
student delegates is to balance the interests of their assigned country with
the pursuit of United Nations goals that benefit the world, especially if they
differ from a student’s personal experience.
THS represented Spain at
this year’s Model UN Conference. The 2015 THS Model UN team delegates were Kelsee
Dowling, Erik Hipple, Hannah Andrusky, Ally Rybczyk, Heaven Berry, Malissa
Humanic, Patrick Fridley, Katheryn Frazier, Christina Borkovec, Britteny
O’Brien, and Bonnette Steffy.
Model UN is open to THS
sophomores, juniors, or seniors. The
advisor for the Model UN team is Mrs. Jones.