Model UN Changes World Views

De La Salle Collegiate’s Model United Nations Club attended the National Model UN Conference in Boston, MA in mid-February. 

Students participated in a variety of committees, including The International Organization for Migration, the International Coffee Organization, FEMA Response 2005, Wall Street 2008, and the International Court of Justice. 

Although students didn’t receive any awards at this highly competitive conference, students enjoyed their two day stay in the heart of downtown Boston, interacting with students from the United States as well as international students. 

Conference attendees included seniors LIam Hallman, John Tysar, Parker Looman, Mike Jones, Will Hackel, Majeed Mokhtari, and Robert Jarackas. 

Senior Adam Ross, the Model UN Club President, has participated all four years of high school. Adam said, “I’m definitely more aware of world issues from a lot of different perspectives. It’s really expanded my world view and provided an awareness of situations past and present.” 

Adam said one of his activities at the Boston conference was to be the representative from Rwanda, defending that country’s genocide to the U.N. Security Council. He said that students could encounter an historical situation or be addressing a current issue through an existing body, such as the U.S. Senate.

De La Salle has been at four Model UN Conferences earlier this year at other Detroit-area Catholic schools. 

The moderator of the group is Mr. Mike Shortt. 

DLS students enjoying the ambience of downtown Boston.

Adam Ross (far left) in one of the groups at the Model UN Conference in Boston.

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