More than two dozen Perkins High School students got a massive lesson in international politics, policy, and diplomacy at the Ohio Model United Nations conference in Columbus this week.
During the 10 weeks ahead of the conference, the 28 PHS delegates prepared resolutions, speeches and debates in support of their various platforms and international causes.
PHS Senior Brett Phenicie represented Perkins as a council president of Economic and Social Council A. He demonstrated phenomenal leadership skills, before and during the conference, by guiding delegates to create high quality resolutions and by facilitating passionate, meaningful debate, said Model UN advisor Mrs. Liz Davis.
PHS students Luke Skavnak, Katie Kubitz, Emily Mitchel, Greta Gross, and Ty Klepper represented the United Kingdom and thrived debating in small council sessions on Sunday.
Their resolution to build green houses to combat food insecurity passed by a vote of 6-1. Additionally, Emily Mitchel won the award for Outstanding Delegate.
Bailey Garrett, Alyson West and Sophia Matthews represented the nation of Sudan, with Luke Walton and Kailey Hirshman helping draft a resolution that lobbied for qualified teachers in Sudan. The resolution passed with a 5-2 vote.
Will Werling, Drew Peiffer, Ben Parnell, Aaron Geise, Kaden Canfield, and Franklin Whipple represented Palestine. They proposed enforcing a buffer zone between Palestine and Israel to reduce violence between the nations and restore human and property rights to displaced Palestinians. This contentious resolution passed with a vote of 4-3. The same resolution was later presented on the General Assembly floor, where it also passed with 51% in favor.
Drew Peiffer was awarded the Outstanding Delegate award, and Will Werling won the current events contest. Will Werling also was elected to be a council president at Ohio Model UN in 2022.
Katelyn Showalter, Ashi Kota, Peighton Corso, and Noelle Showalter represented Norway, and championed sustainability in the face of depleting non-renewables.
Norway planned to construct hydroelectricity plants and wind farms across Europe.
And, PHS freshmen Devin Peiffer, Ethan Tomasula, Peyton Werling, Keegan Delaney, Nathan Burnett, Samantha Green, and Ben Smith (not pictured) gained valuable experience and made memories at their first high school Model UN conference by representing Libya.
Libya’s resolution aimed to manufacture desalination plants, thus increasing access to safe drinking water in their nation.