Students Excel at Local Model UN Conference

High school students from around the world came together for the three-day Cleveland International Model United Nations (CLEIMUN) conference at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. 
This conference is sponsored by St. Edward High School and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. 
 
CLEIMUN is the only conference in the world that has combined elements of both the styles of Harvard Model United Nations and The Hague International Model United Nations, which gives participants a real-world Model United Nations experience. With this system, delegates prepare draft resolutions before the conference and submit them to an Approvals Panel after lobbying and merging. Committee debates include open discussions and unmoderated caucuses. The blending of the two styles creates healthy debate and excellent resolutions.
 
The Academy's international exchange guests from Saint George's College in Santiago, Chile participated in this conference and the choir from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Le Puy, France, sang at the opening and closing ceremonies of CLEIMUN. 31 Saint Joseph Academy students participated in this conference, either as delegates, committee chairs, members of the press team and Aoife McGowan '20 served as the 2019 Co-Secretary General, following Frannie Smith '17 and Claudia Stephens '18. Abigail Krempa '20 won the award for Best Resolution and Best Delegate representing Afghanistan. 
 
"My two topics that I wrote resolutions for were Improving the Conditions of Refugee Camps and Improving Women's Access to Healthcare in Less Developed Areas. The other topics in my committee, the World Health Organization, pertained to HIV/AIDS and Animal Testing and its ethics. The most challenging aspect of this conference was staying true to my country's policies, even when I did not agree with them personally. It was especially difficult to write a resolution that could solve the crisis surrounding women's access to healthcare, while still obeying sharia in Afghanistan and complying with their traditional society. Fortunately, I managed to find a middle ground by referring to the Bible and to identify women participating in key events, like helping other women give birth or nursing sick relatives back to health," shared Abigail Krempa '20. Congratulations, students!
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