PHOTO: Eighth grader Ainsley Lang of Shrewsbury was named Best Delegate at CBA’s Middle School Model UN Conference
LINCROFT, NJ – On Friday, November 3rd, Christian Brothers Academy hosted an invitational Model United Nations conference for area middle schools. Holy Cross School in Rumson participated for the first time, sending seven delegates to the event. They were thrilled when their team member, eighth grader Ainsley Lang, was named “Best Delegate” at their inaugural appearance.
Each participating group was assigned a country and a committee, and delegates were asked to write a position paper for a resolution they would propose to their committee. The committees debated, and then voted, to pass or reject the resolutions. Lang and fellow classmate Christina Donnelly were assigned Poland as their country and NATO as their committee. She explained their proposed resolution, “As tensions in our area die down, Poland will build up relations with Ukraine and work toward gaining Ukraine membership in NATO.” There were fifteen delegates on the NATO committee, and thirteen voted for the resolution.
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PHOTO: The Holy Cross School Model UN Team, left to right, sixth graders Jack Jaenicke of Fair Haven, Madison York of Neptune, Sophia Ramos of Rumson, and Maureen Donovan of Fair Haven; eighth graders Ainsley Lang of Shrewsbury and Christina Donnelly of Rumson; and seventh grader Paige Jaenicke of Fair Haven.
Mrs. Carolyn Muholland, Holy Cross Grade Five Language Arts teacher and Model UN Advisor, points out that the students did all the research and writing on their own time, over and above their everyday school work, and dedicated eight hours on a Friday afternoon/evening to the event. She praised them, saying, “The students were well spoken, poised, and well mannered. They immersed themselves into an environment that was familiar to most of the (other) competitors and proved their competency and ability. I think they were surprised as to how much fun they had and are genuinely looking forward to next time.”
When asked about this new experience, Ainsley states, “It’s amazing how you can go into this knowing nothing and then research and gain so much knowledge and new communication skills. It was a great experience and I would definitely do it again. I will look into the opportunity in high school.”