Teams researched the positions their countries would take on several different topics and authored resolutions for potential action by the UN. They then had the task of convincing a majority of delegations representing other countries to approve these resolutions in a small council. Those resolutions passed by the council were then presented before the General Assembly of all countries present. In addition, each delegation delivered a presentation on its country to a plenary session with all delegates present.
Several of the Mavericks also ran for YLA officer positions at next year’s Model UN Conference. Antonella Blanco won her election to serve as Model UN Secretary General in 2015-2016 and Catherine Allen, Matthew Meadows, and Samuel Womack were elected to serve as Council Presidents. They will all attend the YLA Leadership Camp this summer to prepare for it.
The conference provided an intense immersive experience that enhanced the students’ skills in research, writing, critical reasoning and logic, empathy, and public speaking. The JMHS Debate Team now turns its attention to preparing for a three day regional competition in November 2015 that includes schools from the entire southeastern United States. Individuals or businesses wishing to support the Debate Team are welcome to contact its sponsor, Scott Womack, at (304)-753-6906.