NEW YORK, NY - Students from South Orange Middle School (SOMS) and Maplewood Middle School (MMS) took part in the Global Classrooms International Middle School Model UN conference, the largest middle school Model UN conference in the world, on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2.

Thirty-one students from MMS and 52 students from SOMS participated in the conference that took place at the Grand Hyatt in New York City and at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, which is where the closing ceremonies were held.

MMS students represented the countries of Australia and Uganda, and SOMS students represented Belize, Bangladesh, the Comoros, and the Czech Republic.

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According to MMS Model UN advisor and sixth grade math teacher Tomeeko Hunt, two MMS students, Zoe Ferguson and Josie Lally, won their committee's award for Outstanding Position paper, out of over 850 position papers that were written. Position papers are written by two partners, and their award was one of only thirteen awards given.

SOMS students Hazel Alison-Way and Abigail Ratner won an award for their work in the UNESCO committee, according to SOMS Model UN advisor and teacher Katerina Karis.

The conference was attended by 1,724 middle school students from 28 U.S. states and 26 foreign countries.

More information at: Maplewood Middle School Students Attend Model UN Conference.