The MHS Model UN Club traveled to Evanston, Ill. from April 11-14 to participate in Northwestern University’s Model United Nations Conference.
The student delegates participated in a variety of committees including the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Development Programme, Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Congress of Vienna, National Security Council, Mumbai Crisis Committee, FIFA Council, the 1930s Race for Hollywood, and the 1997 Democratic Republic of the Congo-Rwanda Joint Crisis Committee. Topics included a variety of global issues such as freedom of the press, treatment of refugees, government corruption, and sustainable development.
MHS senior Arthur Machado received the conference’s Diplomacy award as Carl Laemmle Jr., the head of production for Universal Studios in the 1930s Race for Hollywood committee.
While in Evanston, students had the opportunity to network with fellow delegates from high schools around the United States, spend time on the Northwestern campus, and explore the downtown Evanston area. A highlight of the trip included attending a presentation by keynote speaker and Northwestern alum Stephen Krupin, who has served in the White House as a senior speechwriter to President Obama, as well as chief speechwriter to Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Krupin offered students insights into the importance of amplifying marginalized voices and finding common ground in an increasingly polarized political landscape.
Model UN will hold its final meeting of this school year, which will include the election of next year’s executive board, on Monday, April 29 at 4 p.m. in the CLC. The club will resume next September and meet every Monday night from 4 to 5 p.m. in the CLC, as well as travel to several conferences throughout the country. If you want to learn more, please contact club advisors Ryan Haugen or Megan Sipiorski.