Seven students win awards at Model U.N. conference

Seven Santa Catalina School students received awards in the Lyceum of Monterey County’s 9th Annual High School Model United Nations Conference on October 23.

The conference, held online, focused on sustainable development and consumption throughout the world. Student-led committees met to address issues related to agriculture, electronic waste, and extreme economic inequality.

Team co-chairs Elena Oh ’23, Cindy Dai ’23, and Gabriela Herrera ’23 earned special recognition for outstanding position papers, which must concisely identify the problem being discussed and present reasonable solutions.

Elena and Cindy addressed e-waste on behalf of India in the U.N. Environment Assembly (UNEA). Gabriela represented Sweden in the International Fund for Agriculture Development.

Ava Kruger ’24, Giselle Rubio ’24, Isabella Jimenez ’23, and Katie Hui ’23 were recognized for outstanding representation. They were judged on their ability to communicate effectively, to build consensus among other delegates, and to assert the interests of the countries they represented.

Ava and Giselle represented Switzerland in the UNEA. On the Commission on Population and Development, which addressed economic inequality, Isabella represented China and Katie represented India.

Ava described her experience during a Chapel service on November 10, saying, “Not only did I feel so much more connected to world issues, but it was a really great experience to brainstorm with other people my age on how our next generation would tackle very prevalent issues.”

In all, 15 Santa Catalina students participated in the conference, along with students from five other local high schools.

Performances were evaluated by graduate students from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

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