NRMS hosts Model UN conference
New Richmond Middle School held a Model United Nations conference Friday, April 25.
More than 50 students from the New Richmond and Hudson middle schools representing 25 countries gathered to develop resolutions to solve the problem of disabilities in countries of poverty.
“The kids get a lot out of the problem-solving they have to do and the speaking they have to do as well,” said NRMS middle school seventh- grade teacher Ryan Stowers. “They also get to work with other students and learn to work things out with people they might not know.”
Students spoke to the general assembly, sharing their ideas while trying to garner support from other countries. Students passed notes and met in moderated and unmoderated caucuses to establish resolutions that would be voted upon by the general assembly.
“The kids have a lot of fun and find it really worthwhile to put in all the effort, even if they have to speak and do the other things they don’t normally like to do,” Stowers said. “I hope to see more growth like we did this year when we have the conference again next year.”
Some of the solutions to this year’s issue included: free world health care, equal opportunity and rights for people with disabilities, education programs, job creation for able-bodied and disabled populations, health education, reform schools to include meals for all, development and support of nonprofit organizations, international research and funding for needs of disabled, and basic rights and anti-discrimination legislation.
Participating members from NRMS included: sixthgraders Jade Berget, Bethany Beseman, Katey Eickhoff and Ari Devereux; seventhgraders Ali Meyer, Rachel Skinner, Katie Marano, Jacob Medchill and Anakin Dorsch; and eighth-graders Sophie Auvin, James Nysse, Renee Goulet, Isaac Olson, John Haasch and Brittany Silver.
Moving on to the May 14 regional event at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul are NRMS students Sophie Auvin, Brittany Silver, Katey Eickhoff and Ari Devereux.Compiled by Jordan Willi