During the week of March 12, 27 CSN US students traveled to New York City to participate in the National High School Model United Nations, an event attended by 4,000 students from across the United States and the world.
Our students visited the U.N., sitting in the hallowed halls of the General Assembly, listening to international diplomats and student activists discuss the complications and hopes involved in negotiating and diplomacy. Serving as delegates of Morocco and Chad, the CSN students researched, wrote, and debated an array of topics, from international disarmament to the indigenous rights of women in the Amazon. The rigorous work opened their eyes to the world around them.
Zachary Dahlquist ‘24 and Sadie Lipman ‘25 earned the Award of Merit, which recognizes “meritorious skill in debate and diplomacy.” Their work on the UN Convention Against Corruption, Zachary said, “created skills related to communicating for international diplomacy.” Delegate Jack Preston ‘25 worked on the UN Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and Ali Lagergren ‘23 researched and debated different strategies to educate indigenous women. Ava Sparacio ‘25 was assigned to DISEC (U.N. Disarmament and International Security).
The students capped off the weekend with a Broadway show (Wicked) and a New Jersey Devils hockey game. Ms. Herting has brought students to U.N. Conferences for the past decade. She noted, “Our students learn how to be global and local citizens all at once.” Photos here.