Thursday April 26, 2018
Students from South Burlington High School (SBHS) attended the entirely student-run 2018 Dartmouth Model United Nations (DARTMUN) earlier this month. In its 13th year, the annual event is a weekend of problem-solving and debate, which takes place at Dartmouth College’s Hanover, New Hampshire campus. DARTMUN discusses today’s global issues and potential solutions in the format of United Nations and offers a platform to collaborate with other like-minded peers.
The SBHS Dartmouth Model UN Club sent a delegation of 20 students, who were led by co-advisors and SBHS teachers Kim Watkin and Bowen Stephens. In General Assembly and specialized committees, the SBHS delegation was selected to act as Germany, Luxembourg, and Somalia This year’s topics ranged from drone warfare to the crisis in the East and South China Sea. Delegates prepared themselves extensively by researching their country’s stances and writing papers on the assigned topics.
“We all were really excited and nervous, especially those who were coming along for the first time. But after the first committee session, we all got the hang of it and began debating, building alliances, and writing our own resolutions,” expressed SBHS junior Paige Dean, adding, “The conference was engaging, and I think we all expanded our minds a bit by participating in such a great opportunity.”