Model U.N. Conference 2017

Eight students from GPCS participated in the Maine Model United Nations Conference (MeMUNC) held on the Gorham USM campus from May 17-18 2017–the eleventh year our students have been attending the conference. Approximately 600 middle and high school students from 31 public and private schools around Maine, Vermont and New York participated in the 3-day conference.

Aaron Mears (senior) received honorable mention as Ukraine in the UNOOSA, and Josh Murray (Freshman) received an honorable mention as Ukraine in the UN Security Council. Also representing Ukraine were Faith Sacre (freshman) and Issac Steward (7th grade).  Representing Romania were Theo Vocal (sophomore), Ava Morse (sophomore), and Gabe Cutter (6th grade). Eli Vocal (7th grade ) represented the Maldives.

Model United Nations is an academic competition where students role-play as diplomats operating in a simulated international organization.  The student delegates prepare by researching a country and developing an understanding of what that country’s policy would be on one or more international topics. At the competition delegates are judged on their ability to stay in character, resolve conflicts, negotiate and write resolutions, speak publicly and exhibit knowledge of procedures.

This year the conference Opening Ceremony started with a speech from Jon Danilowicz, the U.S. State Department’s Diplomat-in-Residence for New England. He encouraged those present to strongly consider a career in the Foreign Service.  Maine Senator Angus King spoke at the Closing Ceremony as the Keynote Speaker.  He challenged the students to step outside their comfort zone, work together and compromise to find solutions to the problems facing our society.

GPCS students represented Ukraine, Romania and the Maldives at this year’s conference. During their committee sessions student delegates debated and negotiated current issues from the agendas of various international organizations. At the MeMUNC this year, students in a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly considered how to deal with the Right to Adequate Housing and the Social Integration of Refugees, while the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) attempted debated resolutions concerning the Establishment of a Mineral Rights Regime for Mars and the Regulation of Private Space Travel. The UN Security Council considered what to do about Artificial Islands and the problems associated with Piracy in the South China Sea and a historical 1963 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency tried to deal with the Consequences of the Cuban Missile Crisis.