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U.N. club students get a full taste of Washington, D.C.

 Model U.N. students with U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in June 2018.Model U.N. students with U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III Students from the Arlington Regional Model United Nations & Civic Engagement Clubs traveled to Washington, D.C., from Saturday, June 9, through Wednesday, June 13, to participate in the United Nations Association-USA’s Leadership Summit.

On Sunday and Monday, the students participated in workshops and plenary sessions of the summit, as well as advocacy training sessions, as well as had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Holocaust Museum Sunday afternoon for about three hours.

On Tuesday, June 12, the students spent the day at the U.S. Capitol, where they went to the offices of the Massachusetts congressional officials They met foreign-affairs specialists on the staff of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and with aides to Reps. Katharine Clarke, Seth Moulton, Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano. They then met U.S. Reps. Nikki Tsongas and Joseph Kennedy III. The latter presented the students with letters congratulating them on their efforts in Model United Nations and Community Involvement this year.

Additionally, senior Gabriello Adler-Abramo and sophomore Tyler McNally received a special invitation and attended the seventh annual European Union Security & Defense Washington Symposium on Wednesday, June 13, while the rest of the group returned to Massachusetts.

The students participating on this trip included Arlington High sophomore Alek Makowka; Arlington home-schooled ninth-grader Charlotte Kilroy; Ottoson eighth- graders Juliette Ortiz, Nolan McDonnell, and Henar Maillo; Medford High School sophomore Ansel Miller; Winchester High School sophomore Thyra Roller; Medford home-schooled Senior Gabriello Adler-Abramo; Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School seventh-grader Liam Offer; Watertown home-schooled seventh-grader Amiyr Ahmad; Needham home-schooled fifth-grader Andrew Harrington; and Maryland 10th- grader Tyler McNally, a former Massachusetts resident.

On June 7, state Reps. Sean Garballey and Dave Rogers accompanied by state Sen. Cindy Friedman honored the Arlington students participating in the club.

If you would like information on the U.N. middle school club, for fifth through eighth graders, or the high school club, for ninth through 12th graders, email kimkayholt[@]

This news announcement was published on Monday, June 4, 2018, and updated June 15.

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