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College Hosted High School Model United Nations Conference

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2011

Westminster College hosted its third annual Model United Nations conference for high school students April 11.  With more than 250 students from 19 area high schools, this was the largest Model UN conference hosted at Westminster.

Members of Westminster's Model UN team hosted the conference and staffed the committees, with junior political science major Katelyn Moga serving as Secretary General.

High school students participated in simulations of four UN committees: General Assembly Second Committee; General Assembly Third Committee; UN Economic and Social Council; and UN Security Council.

Students discussed a variety of issues that included the impact of external debt on development, international copyright enforcement, green technology transfers, and the recent referendum in Sudan.

Mt. Lebanon High School earned the first place award for outstanding delegation and Riverview High School in Oakmont took home second place.

This year's conference included a historical simulation.  Delegates to the Paris Peace Conference discussed the issues of war reparations and the revision of territorial boundaries.

"The introduction of this element to the conference was very well received by the high school teachers," said Dr. Michael Aleprete, Westminster assistant professor of political science and adviser to the Model UN group.  "As a result, it will become a regular feature of future Westminster conferences."

Sponsors for the conference were Westminster's Model UN student organization, Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Global Solutions Education Fund-Pittsburgh.

Contact Aleprete at (724) 946-7254 or email for additional information.

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