While Refining Leadership & Rhetorical Skills, Archimedean Middle Conservatory Students Impress at this Year’s Miami-Dade Model United Nations Conference
Participating for a second year in the MDC MUN Conference, the twenty-five-student-strong Archimedean Middle Conservatory Model United Nations Debate Team receives five recognitions for excellence.
Miami, FL – The Archimedean Schools may officially be described as “Conservatories of Mathematics and the Greek Language,” yet, upon closer inspection, it soon becomes evident that the educational curriculum and opportunities for experiential learning offered here are much more comprehensive and balanced than the schools’ tagline alone implies. The Middle Conservatory, for instance, offers, in addition to Archimedean’s standard intensive advanced mathematics and yearly Greek language coursework, an enhanced science curriculum starting in the 7th grade as a means of ensuring a rich and vigorous STEM education is received while simultaneously providing more classical philosophy courses starting in the 6th grade, augmenting in students the development of strong critical thinking as well as oral and written communication skills. Keenly aware though that highly interdisciplinary and broad-reaching solutions will be necessary to solve the complex problems humans face in our increasingly interconnected world, Archimedean also readily supports additional opportunities for student learning such as through the formation and nurturing of competitive Model United Nations [MUN] debate teams, Archimedean Middle School [AMC] in specific having recently returned from the Miami-Dade County Middle School MUN Conference with five official recognitions for excellence and leadership, including a Best Delegation and two Best Position Paper awards, based on the AMC students’ oral and written statements, these youngsters displaying wonderful research and collaborative skills along the way.
Model UN or MUN is a highly interactive debate competition, which requires students take on the same roles as the professionals in the United Nations who through intense debate and study craft resolutions to solve worldwide crises. As such, students spend significant time researching countries-their histories, economies, public health conditions, international relationships, and more, developing leadership and public speaking talents as well as teamwork and writing skills as they represent the various nations in committee meetings and policy papers. This year’s Miami-Dade Middle School MUN Conference, which took place on February 25 and was hosted by Miami-Dade College’s North Campus, brought together 325 middle school students from a total of 12 schools, including 25 students from Archimedean Middle School, who together made up 163 delegations participating in a total of six committees: the UN General Assembly, United Nationals Children’s Fund [UNICEF], Human Rights Council, UN Population Fund [UNFPA], Food & Agriculture Organization [FAO], and UN Security Council, topics under discussion including “Sustainable Tourism,” “Children with Disabilities,” the “Human Rights of Migrants,” “Child Marriage,” “Genetically Modified Foods,” and the “Situation in the Ukraine.”
Congratulations to the Archimedean Middle School’s MUN Debate Team winners, which included an impressive Best Delegation award in the UNICEF committee, where delegates Karen Laurent [8th grade] and Nicole Richani [7th grade] represented the United States of America, two Best Position Paper awards, one in the UN Security Council, where Rohan Dixit and Edward Wallace [8th grade] represented the United States of America, and another in the UN Population Fund, where Krithika Bharadwaj and Kendrick Cua [8th grade] represented the United States of America, and two Honorable Mentions, one in the Food and Agriculture Organization, where Alexis Hartog and Aryan Gala [7th grade] represented Thailand, and another in the UN General Assembly, where Elys Anaya [8th grade] and Nicholas Hartog [7th grade] represented the Czech Republic. “We are very proud of our young, hungry, hard working MUN team,” stated Archimedean Middle’s Debate Coach, Mr. Dario Prepelitchi.
Amazingly too, the resolutions passed in every one of the six committees were all co-sponsored by at least one of the Archimedean Middle student delegations, highlighting the entire team’s outstanding preparation and overall collaborative skills. The General Assembly included additional delegates Joshua Walsworth and Victor San Martin-Diaz [8th grade], representing Argentina, Alejandro Figueredo [8th grade], representing Burundi, Alejandro Giraldo and Alexei Vinas [8th grade], representing Thailand, and Giuliana Cabrera [8th grade] and Jin Chung [7th grade], representing the United States. UNICEF and Human Rights Council delegates also included Rohan Simon [8th grade] and Sebastian Sanchez [7th grade] as well as Gabriela Munoz [8th grade] and Giulissa Cabrera [7th grade], respectively, both groups representing Burundi. Last, but not least, the Food and Agriculture Organization delegates included Sophia Escobar and Frances Lopez [7th grade], representing Argentina, and Grace Nares [7th grade] and Sai Lasya Munamarty [6th grade], representing the United States of America. Without a doubt, the Archimedean Middle Conservatory debaters are already carving out bright futures for themselves as they continue training for their next conference and, in doing so, continue their evolution into the great and essential leaders of tomorrow!