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Students Practice Diplomacy at Virtual Model UN Conference

Recently, ten Upper School students participated in a Model UN conference hosted by Bronx Science High School. Typically held at campuses around the country, this Model UN conference was virtual due to the pandemic –– but the online format didn’t stop Calhouners from showing up for a full day of debate on global issues.

Model UN events are opportunities for students to step into the shoes of ambassadors. Students are assigned a country and issue, and charged with doing research, writing position papers, and engaging in debate and diplomacy. Model UN is a club in Calhoun’s Upper School that meets once a week, giving students the chance to practice public speaking and research.

Students participating in virtual Model UN

Two Calhoun students were awarded for their strong performances as delegates in their committees. Tomas M. ‘24 was recognized for his role in the Historical Security committee as Venezula. Cameron S. ‘22 won Honorable Mention for Best Delegate at the conference, and shares what it was like to participate: 

“My position was New York Governor John Alsop King [Governor of New York from 1857 to 1858] in the New York Gangs committee. In my committee, our goal was to reach a solution in order to ameliorate the condition of the city and ensure the security of New Yorkers ....Overall, it was a delightful experience, as it allowed me to step into the shoes of someone in great power but also great responsibility, forcing me to be more outspoken.”

Congratulations to the entire team of Upper School delegates:

Zach B.W. ‘25, Nat C. ‘23, Henry D. ‘24, Josephine F. ‘23, Abby L. ‘23, Zoe L. ‘23, Tomas M. ‘24, Selin O. ‘25, Palmer P. ‘23, Cameron S. ‘22