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Bronxville Students Debate As Model UN Ambassadors

The Bronxville High School students who attended the Model UN Conference.
The Bronxville High School students who attended the Model UN Conference. Photo Credit: contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - For nearly 20 years, Bronxville High School students have stepped into the shoes of United Nations ambassadors to debate a variety of current issues during annual the Model United Nations Conference.

This year, a group of 19 high school students, in grades 10 through 12, went to Princeton University from Nov. 19-22 to participate in the experience.

“The experience provided a unique opportunity for our students to practice so many important life skills such as problem-solving, negotiating and defending a position while at the same time learning about complex world problems,” said Steve Klurfeld, faculty adviser for the Model UN club at the high school.

Klurfeld, has been bringing high school students to the Model UN Conference for close to 20 years, said students get to exercise all of the Bronxville Promise dispositions by being engaged citizens and demonstrating their leadership, critical thinking and collaboration skills.

At the conference, which was attended by hundreds of high school students, the student-delegates drafted resolutions, made alliances with other delegates and advocated their positions. Each of the Bronxville students, had to learn about the specific country he or she had been assigned to and understand the complexity of resolving different problems and current issues.

Over the course of the conference, they participated on various committees such as the World Health Organization; Economics and Finance; Disarmament and International Security; Social, Humanitarian and Cultural; and Office on Drugs and Crime, NATO and Crisis where they handled the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Korean Unification.

The Bronxville High School students who attended the conference were Noor Ahmad, Henry Anderson, Mallory Bates, Ellie Briskin, Michael Calabrese, Katie Canty, Audrey Kim, Michael Landy, C.C. Langhoff, Gabriella Markola, John Markola, John Marshall, Ohto Pentikainen, Patrick Rich, Liam Smyth, Saige Sunier, Will Tague, Tim Weir and Trevin Winston.

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