Moeller Model UN Attends Historic Conference
The 2018-2019 school year saw a new addition to Moeller’s offering of extra-curricular clubs: Model UN. Model UN is an competition where students act as “delegates” of one of the nations in the United Nations and work to come up with solutions to complex world problems using the exact same processes and procedures as the actual UN does. As one of Moeller’s newest clubs, four seniors in the club recently had the chance to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York City to attend the Future We Want Model UN Conference and represent the nation of South Africa. Taking place in downtown Manhattan, the conference drew over 2600 delegates from 136 countries, making it most diverse event any Moeller program has to offer.
The four-day trip was, by all accounts, a resounding success. “It was a really cool experience,” remarked Daniel Chaves. “Getting to talk to and spend time with people from so many different places was awesome. And the food was great.” The conference also featured speakers such as the former Secretary-General of the UN and put on its own dance. These additions greatly enhanced the conference and made the experience even more memorable.
Not only did the Moeller delegates get to have a truly unique experience in the conference, but they also had ample time to explore everything New York City has to offer. They visited iconic landmarks and hotspots during their time there, such as Grand Central Station, Times Square, the Freedom Tower, Central Park, Chinatown, and many more. “The conference and our hotel being right in the middle of Manhattan was so nice,” remarked Greyson Wesley, “It made getting around really easy—it was only a short walk to most places.”
Mrs. Jennifer Boggess, one of the teachers who acted as a chaperone, praised the trip, saying, “I was very proud of how the boys handled themselves during the trip, and I certainly think they gained a lot from the experience.” School Counselor Mr. Brian Gilronan, who also chaperoned the trip, agreed wholeheartedly. “It was awesome to see the students interacting professionally with other delegates from around the world during the conference, with the added bonus of being able to experience the diversity of cultures that New York City has to offer,” he said.
In only it’s first year, Moeller’s Model UN club is doing great things. “We’re certainly looking forward to doing more trips like this in the future as the club grows and improves,” said Mrs. Boggess when asked about the future of Model UN. She was understandably excited about the future of the club and all it will be able to offer to students. And if this trip is any indication, she has good reason to be.