Submitted by Kia Bergman
Hillsborough High School's 14-member Model UN team received the Southern United States Model United Nations Conference Award of Excellence, last month.
The delegation members and the club’s advisors, Robert Fenster and Christopher Ryalls, attended the SUSMUN Conference Nov. 1-3 in Atlanta, where nearly 400 students from 30 schools participated.
Schools included many private schools in the United States as well as several international schools. The Hillsborough High School delegation won the conference’s Award of Excellence, the second place award—only behind Chicago Lab Schools, which was ranked fifth in the country last year.
While at the conference, students participated in a United Nations simulation, taking on assigned roles as national ambassadors. Hillsborough students represented the Russian Federation and Cote d’Ivoire.
Delegates addressed a range of issues, debating real international crises while incorporating accurate foreign policies. Each committee, made up of student participants, had the opportunity to take part in debate and diplomacy activities as they related to specific international and political issues.
The purpose of Model United Nations is to develop students’ skills in diplomacy, public speaking, problem-solving, and overall knowledge of the world around them.