Maverick Model UN sees success at Georgia Institute of Technology

Eleven James Monroe High School (JMHS) students traveled to Atlanta, Georgia October 8 – 11, 2023 for the Georgia Tech Model United Nations (GTMUN) Conference. Previous attendees have noted that due to its rigor it is excellent preparation for the Harvard MUN Conference, which JMHS has again been selected to attend. The students joined over 1,000 other high school students from over forty high schools across the United States to debate critical topics such as maternal health, economic sanctions, proliferation of nuclear weapons, genetically modified organisms, artificial intelligence, protection of historical and cultural monuments, and the impact of ecotourism on local economies.

The JMHS debaters represented the Syrian Arab Republic, which neighbors Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey. They served on a variety of committees working on problems endemic to both Lebanon and the entire world in the following areas: Defense and Security, Economics and Finance, Social and Humanitarian, International Atomic Energy, Legal, World Health Organization, an Ad-Hoc committee, and a Plenary session with all the participating countries involved.

Shane Arthur, Abbigail Mathis, Sadie Maxey, Cole Thomas, Eli Thomas, Bryceson Whitt, Hannah Jewell, Katelin Fullen, Danni Dunbar, Rileigh Jackson, and Kiersten Nelson made the trip and represented JMHS well: co-sponsoring several resolutions that ultimately passed their committees. In addition to the conference, the students visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum, the Tellus Science Museum, and toured the Georgia Institute of Technology campus.

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