Model Debaters

Model Debaters
Twenty-one members of Harry B. Thompson Middle School's Model UN Club participated in the Metropolitan Model United Nations Conference held over two days in December. The conference welcomed high school students from districts throughout Long Island and Queens, with one exception: HBT was the only middle school to participate.
    
Each HBT student played the role of a UN delegate and was assigned a country and a committee. The "delegates" debated issues from the perspective of their assigned country and worked collaboratively to formulate and vote on resolutions. The HBT Model UN includes students from grades six through eight.
    
“This was an experience that was totally worth my weekend!” said HBT sixth-grade Model UN member Francesca Napoleone.
    
“Watching the students engage in this conference was a truly amazing experience,” said HBT Model UN co-adviser Jena Villalba. “They took ownership of their roles in each committee. To witness them tackle this endeavor as the only middle school students present at this conference speaks volumes to their commitment, maturity and passion.” Club co-adviser Elizabeth Mayer noted that the students’ confidence grew mightily as the two-day event progressed.
    
Pictured here is the group at the conference with Ms. Mayer (far left), Ms. Villalba (second from right) and HBT’s Danielle Kaminsky, who accompanied the group.