Seventeen middle school students met on multiple Saturdays in January and February to prepare for a Model United Nations conference that was held at Clark University on February 23rd. In the weeks leading up to the event, students learned about their countries and one of four important global issues:water privatization, food security, corruption in Crimea, and one historical issue—the oil crisis of 1973. Students wrote position papers that described the global problem, their country's position on the problem, and their suggested solution.
The conference took place this past Saturday and Falmouth Academy students excelled. All seventeen kids spoke multiple times in front of their committees. Three of our students won awards for particularly outstanding performances. Keller Feronti was named the "most informed" delegate in his committee, Mateo Vazquez the "best speaker," and Marcus Greco the "best delegate." In addition to debating global issues, the students got to experience a day in the life of a college student. The event took place in college classrooms, led by college seniors, and lunch was held in the college cafeteria.
One parent reported that she hadn't anticipated how much her son would enjoy just being on a college campus for a day (the ice cream machine in the cafeteria was a big hit) and she appreciated the positive exposure.