On Nov. 18 the Model United Nations class took off on the Rail Runner to Santa Fe for their annual conference. In this conference, held at the Capital Roundhouse, the students in the class took on the roles of different countries and attempted to solve pressing international world issues and crises. They use the United Nations as their procedural example, and this year had topics such as environmental and educational problems and refugee rights, issues and conflicts in the Middle East, and the definition of terrorism and weapons trafficking. Students spend the entire semester preparing, writing resolutions, debating and doing team building exercises together. In this conference, St. Pius represented the countries of Peru, Israel and Nigeria.
The conference takes three days and the students spend the night in Santa Fe for two of the nights. They have to make speeches and debate in front of over 15 schools. This year there were over 360 students in attendance. The New Mexico conference has become so popular, in fact, that it has been noted as one of the largest in the country. There were so many schools wanting to be involved that we were able to use both the House of Representatives chambers and the Senate chambers.
The St. Pius Model UN class did not disappoint this year, sponsoring multiple resolutions and becoming signatories on most. They were leaders in many of the debates and discussions. A special congratulations goes out to Madison Lash and Nicholas Christman, along with their delegations of Nigeria and Israel who led the entire General Assembly (over 250 students) in the Education Resolution. Christopher Monjaras received best delegate runner up in the Legal Committee and the Nigerian Legal Committee with Jesse Rivera, Gabe Calvo and Christopher Monjaras were the best runners up delegation this year! A huge thank you goes out to Mr. John Freisinger for coming and spending the day with the class giving them great advice on how to compete. It made such a difference this year. The class is also very grateful to chaperones Ms. Dow and Mr. Mares for spending their time joining us in Santa Fe.