Middle School Girls Learn About Solving Global Issues Through Model UN

Solving global issues requires research, critical thinking, proposal crafting, and challenging discussions, and our 7th and 8th graders are honing their diplomacy skills through Model United Nations. The YMCA Middle School Model UN Conference provides an opportunity for students to practice their debate and public speaking skills in a formal setting while encouraging them to find ways to join together as a community to solve current global issues.
Hutchison girls in 7th and 8th grades recently participated in the YMCA Middle School Model UN Conference, a citywide event where students engage in civil discourse and open discussion of international issues through role play. Every year, we see how this conference expands the minds of our students and builds their confidence in their own voice, critical thinking, and teamwork.

For weeks, the girls have been researching issues in assigned countries including Syria, Uganda, Somalia, and Sri Lanka. They prepared resolutions addressing problems each country faces and have put a lot of time into practicing, presenting, and defending their proposals.

Their hard work shows! The following students were named Outstanding Delegates, an award given within each General Assembly to the students who best represented their countries/delegations: Virginia Bowie ’28, Kelly Patterson ’28, Neely Trammell ’29, and Rowan White ’28.

The following delegations were recognized for having Outstanding Resolutions:
  • Mali: Abby Livingston ’28 and Katie Phan ’28
  • Libya: Bella Hughes ’28, Abby Kamm ’28, and Chloe Phillips ’28
Hutchison had 6 of the 12 resolutions that were chosen for General Assembly. These groups' resolutions made it to General Assembly:
  • Burkina Faso: Victoria Henderson ’29, Cora Lee Pentecost ’29, and Mary Alice Rawson ’29
  • Republic of the Congo: Madeline Coletta '29 and Mary Steele Gant ’29
  • Somalia: Jane Dunavant '29, Frances Hill '29, and Addie Simpson ’29
  • Sri Lanka: Vivian Atkinson ’29, Alexandra Poag ’29, Neely Trammell ’29, and Zoë Young ’29
  • Syria: Caroline Jefferies ’29, Garner Kimmel ’29, and Turner Kitchens ’29
  • Uganda: Betsy Haire '29 and Caroline Fisher '29
The General Assembly passed resolutions by four Hutchison groups: Burkina Faso, Somalia, Syria, and Uganda. Three upper school seniors, Noorain Gill '24, Caroline Kim '24, and Sakshi Singh '24, also represented Hutchison by serving as chairs for the conference. Chairs are responsible for leading committees, setting an example for delegates, and ensuring that delegates have an educational, memorable, and enjoyable experience. 

We are very proud of the entire Hutchison delegation! We know it's never too early to start thinking globally, and opportunities such as Model UN create unique and practical learning experiences for our girls.

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