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For teens in Model U.N. clubs, a weekend of international engagement

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Student members of the Arlington Regional Model United Nations & Civic Engagement Clubs (ARMUN) had a busy, successful weekend.

On Saturday, April 28, two students from the high school club participated in the Westwood High School Model U.N. Crisis Conference, for which they had spent the last week and a half preparing.

Both reported that the conference was a very engaging and enjoyable, The two were Charlotte Kilroy, home-schooled Arlington ninth grader, and Gabriello Adler-Abramo, a home-schooled Medford senior who won recognition as outstanding delegate.

The next day, the clubs divided forces and were in two places at once. Many members of the middle school club, including five Ottoson students, were at the Commonwealth School/United Nations Association Model U.N. Conference, while others were present as volunteers at the Housing Corporation of Arlington's annual Walk for Affordable Housing.

Who took part, what they did

Participating in the Commonwealth School/UNAGB Conference were Ottoson sixth graders Michael Lee, who was in the World Health Organization representing India debating air pollution and quality; and Erica Yasahura, who was the president of South Korea in the South Vietnam Committee of the Vietnam War JCC Crisis Committee; Ottoson seventh grader Seth Jones, who represented Colombia in the World Health Organization; and Ottoson eighth graders Juliette Ortiz, who received recognition as honorable mention for best delegate, and represented the U.K. in the U.N. Security Council, which debated the South China Sea conflict; and Maya Krishnan, who was recognized as best negotiator in representing King Christian V of Denmark and Norway in the Opposing Powers Committee of the Great Northern War of 1697.

Students who participated in the conference included seventh graders Liam Offer, who attends the Groton-Dunstable Middle School, and represented the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in the South Vietnam Committee of the Vietnam War Crisis JCC Committee; seventh grader Amiyr Ahmad, a Watertown resident who represented the head of North Vietnam in the North Vietnam Committee of the Vietnam War Crisis JCC Committee; and Andrew Harrington, fifth grader from Needham who represented the prime minister of the U.S.S.R. in the North Vietnam Committee of the Vietnam War crisis.

While they were busy at the conference, Arlington High School Senior Ashby Loshin was heading up the ARMUN group at the Housing Corp. of Arlington’s Walk for Affordable Housing. Loshin has been an intern at HCA. Medford High sophomore Gabrielle (Gabby) Yamamoto joined him for the fourth year in a row to lead the ARMUN team. Several other ARMUN students and families volunteered with the walk.

Next up, the high school club has the UNAGB RMUN Conference on May 18 at Northeastern, and both clubs are working on several community projects at the moment. Then 15 students are traveling to Washington, D.C., from June 9 through June 13. 

If you would like more information about the middle school club (open to fifth through eighth graders) or the high school club (open to eighth and ninth through 12th graders) from anywhere in the area, regardless of school attended, contact Kim at kimkayholt[@] or see the clubs' website >>

This news summary was published Monday, April 30, 2018.

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