Long Trail students compete at Model UN

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DORSET — Four Long Trail School students, under the guidance of social studies chair Tess Kahn, participated in the Middlebury Model UN Competition on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Becca Salzer '19, Zachary Lee '18, Evan Crumb '17 and Will McCullough '18 spent the day competing with eight other Vermont schools. Salzer and Lee were both first-time participants and Lee received an honorable mention as a delegate from Ecuador in the Security Council: Crisis in Latin America. Salzer represented Mongolia in the Climate Change committee.

Crumb and McCullough, both having some Model UN background, represented Turkey and Greece in the Role of International Development Banks (Multilateral Banks) committee.

Kahn said it's great for Long Trail, which has a long history of taking part in Model UN events, to be a part of a growing network of competitions in Vermont.

"Model UN engages students with important, global issues and asks them to work together to compose effective solutions," she said in a release. "The format of Model UN allows students to take ownership of an individual country's perspective in their committees and understand the UN's decision making process on a personal level.

"Overall, Model UN is one of the best and fun ways to encourage students to develop their research, public speaking and teamwork skills in a real world setting."

Kahn is preparing another ten students for a Model UN Conference at St. Johnsbury Academy on March 18.

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