Students and Staff of North Olmsted High School participated in the 13th Annual International Model United Nations Conference in Chicago this past weekend. The ten North Olmsted upperclassmen students were accompanied by High School Principal Jeff Stanton and Social Studies Teacher / Model UN Club Advisor Matt Aber, and traveled with 22 Mentor High School Students and their club advisor. NOHS, Mentor, and St. Joe’s Academy were three Northeast Ohio schools represented in a conference with more than 1,000 participating students from over 60 schools. Delegations came from as far away as Hawaii, Cayman Islands and Mexico to be a part of the exciting activities that occurred over the weekend.
Model United Nations is a role playing simulation where students tackle global problems in UN committees through public speaking, interpersonal communication, problem solving and other academic skills practices. These conferences teach students to cultivate excellent communication and decision making skills by leveraging the power of compromise, consensus, and cooperation for effective negotiations.
In their spare time, the group explored Michigan Ave and Millennium Park, viewed the city from the observation deck in the Hancock building and ate deep dish pizza and Italian roast beef sandwiches. They “nerded out” on world politics for an entire weekend!
Club Advisor Matt Aber was pleased with the overall experience throughout the weekend. “I am very proud of our student’s efforts,” Aber said. “The International Model United Nations Conference is a breeding ground for future leaders, and NOHS students held their own.”
Congratulations to all NOHS students and staff involved this weekend for being a part of a wonderful opportunity.