The Model U.N. team is preparing for their conference at the University of Chicago being held Feb. 5 through Sunday. At this conference, more than 2,000 students compete for awards for excellence in debate. Among these students, 13 Jefferson students will also be in attendance, including: seniors Tayler Johnston, Mason Taylor, Jerod Nunley and Caitlyn Stimson; juniors Abigail Pete, Zoe Contenza, Phil Sarbiewski, Casey Hall and Ryan Martin; and freshmen Jonathon Norton, Alexis Meaney, Theodore Johnson and Janet Hawkins. The students will be representing the country of Venezuela, with the exception of Nunley and Hawkins, who will be representing the Confederation of German Trade Unions.
The team has done a lot to help prepare them for the competitive atmosphere of the conference.
“Since this is my first year as adviser, we have been relying heavily on the returning U.N. members and Dr. Patterson’s advice to help guide us through the preparation for the conference,” said Palm.
The team has been working on giving policy statements, speeches, doing basic research and writing position papers, which they have to present to the judges prior to the conference. The returning Model U.N. students are hoping to achieve the prestigious, yet well-deserved, awards this year at conference, while the rookie members are excited to gain the knowledge and experience that will help to maintain a successful future for the team.
Taylor is especially excited for his last conference in Chicago and hopes to see his teammates succeed as well. He said, “Our team is always placed remarkably high, especially for a public school in such a rural area. We drop jaws! We prove that it doesn’t matter where you come from, it’s about the hard work you put into everything you do, and what you want to get out of it.”
“It is going to be a new experience, but there will be many valuable lessons to be learned that will only help our team to be more successful,” Palm said. “I am excited to see the students’ abilities grow.”
He hopes that they are able to take away confidence and knowledge from the conference, as well as their exciting stay in the “Windy City.”