CHESTERTOWN -A group of North Warren High School students interested in political science from North Warren High School have earned a prestigious award from the Model Organization of American States or MOAS, an international program that promotes democracy.
Each year a class of North Warren High School students led by instructor Bernard McCann participate in a college-level course involving MOAS. They are assigned a nation to represent at a model assembly held in a MOAS convention held at SUNY Plattsburgh.
These students travel to Washington, D.C. and meet with the ambassador of the country they represent. Then in June, they participate in the model assembly at SUNY Plattsburgh where for three days each of the students from various participating high schools present resolutions on behalf of the country they represent. These resolutions are defended and debated at this assembly.
At this year's MOAS assembly at SUNYPlattsburgh, the North Warren Class - representing Canada - was honored with a top award: "Most Diplomatic Delegation."
The MOAS students were honored for this achievement at a picnic held June 14 by the Chestertown Rotary Club.
At the event, SUNY Professor Stuart Voss, who is in charge of the MOAS program on behalf of the college, praised the North Warren students.
All the resolutions they presented at the convention were approved by the assembly, Voss said.
"This demonstrates these students' ability not just to push through resolutions but to listen to the other students and form consensus," Voss said.
Chestertown Rotary official David Schlansker added his praise.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment by the school and its students, considering North Warren has the smallest enrollment of the schools participating," he said, giving credit to the faculty, particularly McCann.
The picnic, which included nearly 70 pupils, parents and Rotarians, included local teenagers awarded as Rotary Students of the Month through the 2010-11 school year. Also honored were members of the Rotary student service organization Interact, and local teens involved in the Rotary club's leadership training program, Schlansker said.
"The North Warren community has great reason to be very proud of all these students," he said.