The Franklin UN Delegate Team!
Guest author: Matt Reynolds, high school teacher/faculty sponsor
Last night, twenty-two FSI high school students returned from a four day simulated United Nations conference at UNC Chapel Hill. The “Model” United Nations aims to replicate the rigorous process international leaders go through to find agreeable solutions for major problems in the world today. Students actively engage in discussion about global issues from both the past and the present to create resolutions collaboratively with over 500 different students from all over the U.S.
I am proud of each of the students for a glowing performance at this conference. This is truly an EL event that asks students to apply their skills of collaboration, persistence, and leadership that they learned here at FSI in a “real-world” setting.
Here’s what some of our student delegates had to say about the experience:
“Everything I now know about Argentine women’s rights I learned due to MUNCH, which is now a lot. For example, I learned about the issues surrounding women’s violence in Argentina…Outside of Argentina, I got to explore the cultural impact that education has on women’s equality issues, which was super interesting. It was a good way to push myself out of my comfort zone, and I plan on attending next year. The overall experience felt academically rigorous but fun at the same time, which is something I’ve been looking for.” (Eva Ridenhour, 9th Grade)
“I learned about infringement of state sovereignty, the obligations of nations to assist in times of crisis/war, the interactions of various nations, a nation’s ability and desire to fund world projects, cultural and social stigmas, providing protection from and education for the prevention of terrorism, and more.
“Model UN helped me remember the importance of being both serious, focused, and well researched as well as the importance of having the ability to laugh and have fun. I would 100%, certainly do it again. It was the most fun I’ve had with friends outside of school in a VERY long time.” (Caroline Sprenger, 11th Grade)
“I was most proud of my defense of the South China Sea, as that was the central topic for China’s position in the Security Council. I knew all that needed to be said and fought over, and I passed a resolution that everyone agreed upon.” (Maddox Metzger, 9th grade)
Well done delegates! We look forward to continuing our tradition of participation in the Model UN.