Students representing the Arlington Regional Model United Nations and Civic Engagement Clubs (ARMUN) got a surprise Friday afternoon. Their director got a phone call from the U.N. in New York, inviting them to participate this Tuesday at the U.N. Commission on Women 62 NGO Forum.
After a somewhat frantic and crazy few hours of discussion and investigation into the possibilities regarding whether it was logistically possible, six students from Arlington and a young adult from Lexington are headed to New York City as fully credentialed participants in the forum.
The students are Ottoson eighth graders Juliette Ortiz, Maya Krishnan, Henar Maillo and Anya Sharif; and seventh grader Alisha Gandhi, and ninth-grade home-schooled student Charlotte Kilroy.
Joining them will be master's in education graduate from Goucher College specializing in social studies who has recently returned from a session of teaching English in Cambodia with the Peace Corps, a Lexington High School graduate who has been very involved in a number of Arlington programs in high school, Alexandra (Edra) Howry, and ARMUN Director Kim Kay Holt.
They will spend all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning attending forums and workshops that are part of the NGO Forum of the Commission, and also get a formal tour of the U.N. headquarters. They hope to meet with the U.N. representatives from a few countries' U.N. missions. Then they expect to return Wednesday in time for a night meeting of the town's Human Rights Commission.
Other young women in the ARMUN middle and high school club were also invited to join this trip but were unable to do so on such short notice.
If you would like more information about the ARMUN Program, including its middle school club for fifth through eighth graders or its high school club for ninth through 12th graders, both of which are open to any student of the appropriate grade level, contact the club's volunteer director at kimkayholt[@]gmail.com.
This news announcement was published Sunday, March 18, 2018