Eighteen members of Bronxville High School’s Model United Nations Club participated in the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference, held virtually March 4-7. Over the course of the conference, the student-delegates participated on various committees and advocated for their positions.
“I am so proud of our students for taking the time and energy to participate in this conference,” said Steve Klurfeld, a social studies teacher and Model UN club adviser. “The amount of research and investigation needed to carry on high-level conversations regarding global issues is tremendous. Our delegates did a great job staying engaged and working to create solutions to a wide variety of global challenges.”
Assuming the roles of U.N. ambassadors, the students debated a wide spectrum of current issues that ranged from the Rohingya refugee crisis to a simulation dealing with the decolonization of the Caribbean in 1960. They worked tirelessly to debate policies, write resolutions and collaborate with other delegates in their committees. Approximately 554 students registered to participate in the conference, which was coordinated by George Washington University.
The students were judged on their diplomacy, policy accuracy and participation. As a result of his performance in the “Decolonization of the Caribbean in 1960” committee, junior Patrick Wu earned an honorable mention.
“The committee I was in laid out a plan on how to decolonize the Caribbean and solved the Cuban missile crisis,” Wu said. “As is common with MUN, the most worthwhile part of the experience was getting to collaborate with other students and discuss meaningful topics with them.”
In addition to Wu, the following club members had an outstanding performance at the conference: Megan Barker, Isabella Bouvard, Elizabeth Burnell, Ava Chiang, Brooks Clifford, Jeremy Freeman, Amelia Grullon, Caroline Hulbert, Isabelle Kennedy, Annabelle Krause, Katie O’Hare, Maggie O’Hare, Aarna Pal-Yadav, Uma Revadigar, Ava Singh, Amy Xu and Mimi Zannetos.
According to event organizers, the program promotes the development of diplomacy and knowledge of the field in international affairs among high school students from all over the world.