Academy hosts eighth annual middle school conference

On March 8 and 9, the Collegiate Academy Model UN Club hosted its 8th Annual Middle School Conference. A total of 115 students from eight schools participated, including East, Erie Day School, Fairview, Geneva (Ohio), Jefferson (Ohio), Our Lady of Peace, Strong Vincent and Woodrow Wilson. This conference is the only middle school conference in the Tri-State region, and attendance was the largest to date. 
 
The conference was entirely student-driven. Model UN officers Soleil Rosenzweig, Kevin Xu, Jake Gehrlein, Emily Hoag, and Rachel Zimmer wrote the scenarios, organized the staffing, and ran the conference. Twenty Collegiate Model UN students took part in the operation, including chairing the committees and crisis updates that were interjected throughout the conference.
 
The four scenarios included a NATO Crisis focusing on Ukraine; an Environmental Committee dealing with nuclear waste in the ocean; a Human Rights Committee on religious minorities; and a Convention of States, which allowed students to propose amendments to the Constitution.  
 
Placing first overall among the middle schools was the Erie Day School, Our Lady of Peace was awarded second, and third place overall was Strong Vincent Middle School. In addition, Fairview was recognized for its performance in the small school delegation category.
 
Collegiate Academy’s next competition is at the Washington Area Model UN Conference March 21-24. For further information on the Model UN Club, contact Mr. Lasher at blasher@eriesd.org.
 
Picture 1 – Model UN Officers. From Left to Right: Emily Hoag, Jake Gehrlein, Soleil Rosenzweig, Rachel Zimmer.
 
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Picture 2 –  Convention of States. Students discuss proposals to amend the Constitution.
 
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Picture 3 – NATO Committee. Students debate a crisis between Ukraine and Russia.
 
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