Bellefontaine Middle School students competed in the Junior Ohio Model United Nations (OMUN) competition recently.
The 45 students making up seven teams presented resolutions along with 147 other teams. They presented talents and participated in competitions ranging from current events to world problem solving to peace essays.
The local students presented their resolutions with six out of the seven teams advancing to the General Assembly.
Bellefontaine’s Team Japan and Team Nigeria took home the top two awards for Outstanding Nation. This award is given to the teams that had native costumes, well written resolutions, raised funds for I-Open, debated in council sessions and General Assembly, and had students running for office.
Team Japan included Jacob Childs, Eric LaRoche, Min Lin, Griffin Mason, Peyton Neeld, Marshall Verbsky, and Zack Yoesting. Team Nigeria included Dylan Christman, Abby Godwin, Emily Kirby, Nick Kurtz, Owen O’Connor, Boris Pattison, Zoe Price, and Peyton Robbins.
Bellefontaine took seven talents. Two of the groups finished in the top six. Team Japan also received the top Talent award.
Individual awards went to Boris Pattison and Kaitey Chervenak with Outstanding Delegate Awards, Violet Martin earned a Leadership Award, and Jacob Childs took home a Runner-Up Current Events Contest Award.
All of the students received the I-Open award for raising over $600 to go to a school in Nigeria to purchase computers.
Five Bellefontaine students will go on to be leaders next year in the program at the Jr. OMUN competition in March. Boris Pattison will be the General Assembly president, the highest office at Jr. OMUN. Violet Martin will be a Council President. Peyton Robbins, Jack Stolly, Marshall Verbsky, and Spencer Whetsel will be Vice Presidents.
Bellefontaine had teams representing Japan, Marshall Islands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Nigeria, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Listen Bill Tipple interview many of the students.
Sandi Chervenak is the adviser.