Dragons Compete at the GCDC Model UN Conference
The Middleburg Academy Model UN Team recently traveled to the the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. to compete in the UN-affiliated Global Classrooms Spring Conference. The sixteen students who attended the day-long competition served in delegations representing Denmark, Iran, Israel, New Zealand, the Syrian Arab Republic, and the U.K. They worked with and competed against students from MD, DC, VA public, private, and parochial schools on U.N. committees including the Security Council (UNSC), the Committee for Disarmament and International Security (DISEC), and the UN Committee on Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Topics included the "situation" in Syria, nuclear non-proliferation, and World Heritage site conservation.
After the Opening Ceremonies, the delegations of two students each headed off to a day of committee debates and speeches, caucus sessions, as well as drafting and voting approval of committee resolutions. The students learned a great deal about the parliamentary procedures of points and motions, sponsoring and being signatories on resolutions, and how to negotiate and mediate between and among peer committee members.
Awards were given at the Closing Ceremonies. Saki Velanki and Kayla Shaffer - acting as delegates from Denmark - won recognition for "Best Position Paper" in DISEC. As well, Middleburg Academy was awarded a certificate from GCDC as "Distinguished Global Education Institution". The students agreed unanimously that they got a lot out of the day and look forward to attending future Model UN Conferences. A successful day for the Dragons!