March and Tayler Johnson, a junior, represented Belgium in the World Health Organization and received an Honorable Mention.
Audra Franley, also a senior at JAHS, attended the conference for the first time and represented the New York Times in the Press Corps. Her preparation was unique from any other delegates who attended.
“I printed out a synopsis for the topics of every council to get a feel of what I would be reporting on. I then read over the history of the New York Times and articles to better understand their writing style,” Franley said.
In total, four delegations from JAHS received awards exemplifying that hard work truly does pay off.
The students really enjoyed touring the city of Chicago.
Franley explained her favorite memory from the trip was visiting the Willis Tower, the former Sears Tower. “I liked being able to see all of Chicago. The glass window that branched out from the building was also really cool because we were able to stand on it and look down at the city below our feet,” she said. March agreed that standing 106 stories high in the Willis Tower was her favorite part of the trip as well. In addition, the group was able to shop on State Street, visit the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, witness the Crown Fountain, taste some authentic Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza and visit the Rainforest and Hard Rock Cafés.
Although exploring the city was a blast, the true fulfillment rooted from the conference and debate. Students were able to distinguish and utilize their skills for a great cause.
March explained why she valued this experience most. “It has helped me build friendships that I may never have established. It made me much more aware of different issues around the world. It taught me to respect all cultures and all ideas,” she said.