Some 400 students from about 20 junior high and high schools across the state of Utah attended the recent BYU Model United Nations conference at Brigham Young University.
Jeffrey Ringer, director of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, opened the conference as keynote speaker, reminding the students that taking time to attend is important. Ringer also stressed the importance of the United Nations in international politics and the individual skills learned through simulating its proceedings.
Seven intergovernmental bodies were simulated at the conference, and a wide range of topics were addressed by students on each committee. All of the committees successfully drafted and passed resolutions on these current international issues.
At the end of a long day, students gathered in the Wilkinson Student Center to enjoy a slideshow and to recognize outstanding school teams. Top delegation awards were presented to Brighton High School, Lakeridge Jr. High, Mountain View High School, Timpview High School, West High School and Woods Cross High School.
Honorable mention awards were also given to Maeser Preparatory Academy, Mountain Crest High School, Provo High School, Springville Junior High and Westlake High School.
BYU students from the David M. Kennedy Center’s nationally ranked Model United Nations program, who participate in the fall IAS 351 course, prepare and staff the high school conference. In doing so, they gain valuable insights into what makes an effective leader and diplomat.
For more information, visit mun.byu.edu or call (801) 422-7192.
Writer: Lee Simons