Forty Parker students showed their skills in debate and diplomacy this past weekend when they digitally participated in the St. Ignatius Model United Nations Conference with hundreds of students from around the nation.
Eight Parker students came away from the conference with accolades:
Junior Jacob Boxerman—Best Delegate
Junior Alex Carlin—Best Delegate
Sophomore Rania Jones—Best Delegate
Sophomore Drew Klauber—Honorable Mention
Senior Julia Marks—Honorable Mention
Senior Alex Schapiro—Outstanding Delegate
Senior Carter Wagner—Honorable Mention
Junior Tess Wayland—Honorable Mention
Model UN allows students to adopt the roles of United Nations diplomats by representing the perspectives of various countries during discussions of international policy and current events. “It’s a great way to learn about the world as an extension of the classroom in a social, fun space with similarly minded people,” said Co-Captain Alex Carlin.
For this conference, WHO assigned students to specific roles, and they spent a month conducting extensive research to prepare. Roles varied from creating solutions for the explosion of Chernobyl to how Marvel’s Avengers should rebuild after the effects of Endgame.
“You’re forced to learn as much as you can about a country, and it can change your perspective,” said Carlin. “It enhances your understanding of any issue; whether it’s empathy or looking across the aisle, you have to understand the issue to argue it.”
Based on the awards they earned, Parker students successfully argued their points. However, Director of Delegate Development Tess Wayland explained that it’s not all about winning. “We are not awards-focused. Primarily, we hope to promote the skills of the delegates. We are proud of our delegates because they stand out with public speaking skills and thinking on their feet.”
The Parker captains applauded the team on their ability to think outside the box with creative solutions. These are skills Parker hopes all students will employ to make our school and our world more just and interesting.
“Model UN prepares you for the real world, where you have to collaborate and use techniques to compromise with others,” said Co-Captain and junior Ivy Jacobs.
To sum it up in one sentence, Co-Captain Alex Schapiro said, “It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, and you can apply the skills that you learn in all aspects of life.”