Bellefontaine High School students who participate in Ohio Model United Nations will be attending the OMUN conference this weekend. The students will leave Sunday afternoon and return on Tuesday.
OMUN is a mock United Nations conference. Students from high schools across Ohio come to the conference.
Pictured left: Rohan Prasad (left) and John Beach, participants in Bellefontaine's OMUN.
A group of 8 or so students from a school are assigned to a nation, and must prepare a resolution to present at the conference. An optional cultural talent may also be prepared. Students dress up like natives of their country and act as delegates.
Bellefontaine is sending 4 teams this year: New Zealand, Brazil, United Kingdom, and Thailand.
The conference will take place in Columbus.
On Sunday evening, students join up with a half dozen or so other teams and hold small council sessions. Delegates from each country will read their resolution, then the rest of the countries will debate it. At the end of each presentation, the delegates in the council session will take a vote to pass or fail each resolution.
Delegates also have the option to present a talent that captures one or more of the cultural aspects of their country, which will be presented Sunday evening as well.
Counselors and administrators select the best resolutions and talents to move on to Monday. Resolutions are presented during General Assembly and talents are presented during the International Summit.
Throughout the weekend a few selected delegates have the oppotunity to participate in cultural contests as well.
On Tuesday an awards ceremony is held to recognize outstanding participants and nations.
High school juniors have the option of running for an officer position for the 2013 conference. Delegates vote and the new officers are announced on Tuesday.
Listen to John Beach describe OMUN.
Listen to Rohan Prasad talk about being an officer.