2019 MODEL UNITED NATIONS MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFERENCE

The weekend of January 11th through 13th was a transformational experience for many local 6th-8th grade students. Students from Markham Place School, Satz School, Thompson Middle School, Indian Hill School, and many others joined the YMCA Delegation to attend the 8th annual Middle School Model UN Conference, held in Hershey, PA. The middle school students spent Friday debating General Assembly topics, including: biological and chemical warfare, sustainable tourism, and the rights of indigenous people. Saturday’s meetings were spent in International Criminal Court, during which students held trials of Mao Zedong, Talaat Pasha, and AO Neville. The final day of the conference was spent debating the global sand shortage.

During final ceremonies, many local students were honored with awards for their stellar performances during the conference, including:

Joe DeMarco (Thompson Middle School): Premier Diplomat; Envoy A
Alex Rokkos (Satz School): Outstanding First Year Delegate; Envoy B
Ryan Limekiller (Thompson Middle School): Outstanding First Year Delegate; Envoy D
Taryn Gonzales (Thompson Middle School): Outstanding First Year Delegate; Envoy E
Alexa Kiernan (Markham Place School): Premier Diplomat; Envoy E & Premier Diplomat;        Written Press
Warren McOmber (Thompson Middle School): Premier First Year Delegate; Video Press
Cami Issenman (Shrewsbury Borough School): Premier Diplomat; Video Press
Kaylin Han (Satz School): Outstanding Country Research Questionnaire
Trinity Han (Satz School): Outstanding Country Research Questionnaire
Jue Gong (Satz School): Outstanding Country Research Questionnaire
Mira Shah (Satz School): Outstanding Country Research Questionnaire
Raymond Cai (Satz School): Outstanding Country Research Questionnaire
Andrea Postigo (Satz School): Outstanding Country Research Questionnaire
Devon Roth (Satz School): Premier Country
Ellie Guilfoyle (Satz School): Premier Country

YOUTH & GOVERNMENT

The YMCA’s Youth & Government program affords high school students the opportunity to write their own legislative bill.  Students spend one weekend a year with other teen teams from throughout New Jersey to debate and secure passage of their proposed bill in the actual New Jersey Senate/House Chambers in Trenton.

The young people in Youth & Government learn how to solve issues including: environmental, educational, commercial, business, community affairs, governmental, and more. They come away from the program with increased awareness and understanding of our political process, as well as heightened problem solving and critical thinking skills.

For more information or to register for Civic Engagement programs
Call: 732.671.5505, ext. 130
E-mail: jnormyle@cymca.org