Members of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Model UN group traveled to Harvard for the 20th year to attend the annual event.
Eight Elizabethtown-Lewis students made their way to Boston recently to participate in the Harvard Model UN.
“It was a great year,” Model UN co-advisor Pete Castine said. “This was the 60th anniversary of the Harvard model UN and the 20th year that we have sent a team from ELCS to it. The kids were prepared really well and had spent three months meeting and researching to know the country and the topics they would be representing.”
The ELCS contingent represented Australia during the event, which saw students on several different committees and panels.
“They did really well,” co-advisor Kate McCormick said. “We brought a couple of newer students into the process, and everyone was able to participate and speak once they got over that initial shock.”
“It was kind of unexpected, the vast amount of kids that you are there with,”said junior Geeg Dedam, who attended his first Harvard UN. “There were about 3,000 kids in one room, and it was interesting to meet kids from all over the world and hear their thoughts and views on the topics that were brought up.”
“There were so many different people from so many different countries,” said freshman and first-year attendee Emma Disogra. “It was really cool to meet them and learn from each other.”
“There were as many people there from other countries as there were Americans,” said sophomore Sage Allott, who also went to her first conference. “We went up and introduced ourself to as many people as possible. I spent time with some Costa Rican kids, and I still talk to them.”
“We were both really nervous because we were new and in our own little world away from the rest of our classmates,” said Kyra Schaefer, who was attending her first conference as a sophomore and partnered with Allott. “We eventually figured it all out and had a lot of fun.”
Sophomore Wesley Whalen attended his second Harvard UN this year.
“There were a lot more people from different areas of the world this year,” Whalen said. “We did a lot more public speaking and talking about the topics we had prepared for.”
“I knew what to expect, and I was not overwhelmed — it was not as scary,” said sophomore Will Tompkins, who also attended his second conference. “It was interesting to hear the perspectives of the different countries.”
The student delegation also included junior Terry Thomas and junior Corinne White, who was the head delegate for her school.
“It’s cool to see how everyone has changed by the end, and they were all very confident,” White said. “We have been able to become a lot more involved in the process and work more inside the different committees.”
The students are preparing for their next Model UN, which will be held at Northeastern Clinton Central School in Champlain.