Day of Debate for Milton’s Model UN

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Students in Milton’s Model UN traveled to Brown University this fall for a day of debate and collaboration. At the Model UN Conference, students took the perspective of a country or political figure, engaging with peers from around the country, debating and writing proposals on issues like cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and global social and military threats.

Caleb Rhodes (I), co-head of Model UN, earned Best Delegate for his representation of Lt. Col. Manuel da Costa Braz in the Alvor Agreement of 1975.

“Before this conference, I didn’t know much about Portuguese history and how they controlled Angola until the early 1970s,” says Caleb. “The Alvor Agreement was supposed to unite the different factions within the country after Portugal left. With my character, I had a lot freedom. He was a moderate socialist, and my goal was to create stability between all the competing factions. It was an opportunity to correct history, because in real life the agreement fell apart.”

“I am so proud of these students for all their hard work and for the way they represent themselves and Milton,” says Mark Heath, history faculty member and Model UN advisor. “Now, more than ever, the conference’s focus on collaboration, civil discourse, and empathy provided great opportunities for our students to bring out their best and to see the best in others.”

“We’re really proud of everyone,” says Caleb, whose fellow co-heads are Nathan Strauss (I) and Gabrielle Fernandopulle (I). “Everyone was engaged, learning about their topics, speaking publicly, and collaborating toward a solution.”

Other Milton students recognized at the event include:

Best Delegate:
James Dunn (I) representing Bangladesh in The Disarmament and International Security Committee

Outstanding Delegate:
Alex Chen (II) representing Mexico in the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

Commendation:
Jake Griffin (III) representing Vladimir Puchkov, Minister of Emergency Situations in the Russia Cyber Crisis
Bodhi Becker (IV) representing Chad in the African Union