Students at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent recently participated in Senior Ohio Model United Nations in Columbus.
About 1,000 students from across the state attended the states largest global education program, which is sponsored by the Ohio Leadership Institute in order to help Ohios young people build leadership skills while developing a greater understanding of the United Nations.
Representing Roosevelt in its first year of participation at the weekend-long event were Sarah Grondin, Kristen Dunbar, Keagan OMara, Carmel Clavin, Brandy Corbett, Jessica Murphy and Tiffany Stay.
For the program, the delegates select a nation and represent that nation during the three-day simulation. Throughout the weekend, delegates from member nations presented and debated originally written resolutions following weeks of research.
Roosevelt sent delegations for Benin and Central African Republic.
Benin wrote a resolution requesting a program to train an international corps of teachers to aid the countries hit hardest by teacher shortages.
Central African Republic wrote a resolution to create a team of trained medical professionals, humanitarian workers and teachers who would provide aid and education to combat the AIDS crisis in Africa and other parts of the world.
Both resolutions passed at the conference, and Grondin won an Outstanding Leadership Award recognizing her efforts in starting the OMUN at Roosevelt.
In preparing the materials, students were involved in conducting research, writing resolutions, developing support for their resolutions, learning debate procedures and preparing to represent their nation in council sessions and in front of the OMUN general assembly.
In addition to the OMUN simulation, during the weekend the students were involved in numerous global education contests. Students served as leaders of the simulation and were eligible for numerous contest and leadership awards. Students also attended an international summit and ended the weekend with an international celebration.