Over 3500 high school students from 36 different countries and 28 states, representing over 200 schools in all, attended the Harvard Model United Nations Conference for four days last week. Eight of them were from Waynflete.
Hibo Abdi, Sarah Avery, Annabelle Carter, Isabel Floyd, and Acadia Weinberg, all Class of ’16, and Isabel Canning, Maddie Polkinghorn, and Althea Sellers, all Class of ’17, were chosen because of their outstanding achievement at Maine Model UN last May. The team applied for a seat on the Economic and Social Council (EcoSoc) and was assigned to represent Albania. Committee assignments included the Commission for Social Development, the Atomic Energy Agency, a Special Summit on Peace Building, and the International Human Rights Council. At the Conference itself they presented and voted on resolutions and mingled with students from schools all over the world. It was a whirlwind four days, with one welcome break on Saturday evening involving a trip to Chinatown for some exceptional dim sum with recent Waynflete alumnae/i!
Congratulations to all involved, especially Annabelle, Isabel C., Maddie, and Althea, each of whom was recognized as a Distinguished Delegate, the second highest award presented. The three members of the Class of ’17 are already making plans for how they intend to “smoke” (their words) Maine Model UN in May!