Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Students Attend Model United Nations Simulation

Six high school students and their advisor, Shaunessy Denton, traveled to O‘ahu Friday for the Pacific Model United Nations Conference. Those who attended with Mrs. Denton were: Andy Anderton '17, Josh Miller '16, Emma Schneck '16, Emily Sullivan '18, Manix Wolan '17, and Daniel Wu '16.

Mrs. Denton's summary of the trip:
Emily held  her own in the Human Rights Committee discussion about Net Neutrality as the only Island School student there. She represented France, and had a shining moment when she incorporated the tragic events in Paris Friday evening into the discussion on Saturday about social media and how internet websites played a role in the attacks. She earned the following "superlatives" from her committee:
  • Best guilt trip
  • Best discussion starter
  • Most depressing story
The rest of the students, Emma, Daniel, Manix, Josh, and Andy, represented us well in the Security Council debate concerning the events in Syria. Unfortunately, USA (represented by Josh and Andy) also inadvertently started a hypothetical WWIII by using nuclear warstrikes in Syria (we're all trying to figure out how that escalated so fast).  They also earned the following "superlatives" (I breathed a sigh of relief when they did not earn "Most likely to become a dictator")
  • USA (Josh and Andy): Most likely to start WWIII, Most likely to ruin the world
  • UK (Manix): Best tie, Most likely to be a boxing ring announcer
  • Germany (Emma and Daniel): Most likely to lose WWIII
From the PACMUN website:
Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.