Four juniors from Santa Catalina attended the 7th Annual High School Model United Nations Conference on October 26 at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The conference focused on global climate change and its impact on coastal cities, human displacement, and global economics.
Representing the United States, Channing-Jaye Scott and Ally Berkowitz were recognized for Outstanding Performance in Committee. Graduate students from the Middlebury Institute measured the delegates' effectiveness, speaking ability, and overall impact during formal committee hearings and informal caucus discussions. Channing-Jaye and Ally debated issues related to refugee displacement from climate change and natural disasters. This was the second year in a row that they were recognized for Outstanding Performance. Last year, they were recognized for representing Ethiopia.
The other students who participated were Fatemeh Shahroudi, representing Peru, who debated issues related to the environmental effect of trade liberalization; and Angelia Shi, representing Kiribati, who debated issues related to human settlement in response to global climate change in coastal cities.
The Model U.N. club's moderators are science teacher Susan Williams and religion teacher Blake Riley.