Park Center Senior High recently hosted its first Model United Nations (MUN) Middle School Conference for Global Studies 8 students from Brooklyn and North View middle schools. Members of the PCSH MUN team led the conference, including running the dais, facilitating caucuses, and coaching speakers. More than 450 middle school students participated in the conference as the culminating activity of the year and to close out a unit on the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
The MUN Conference provided the opportunity for PCSH upperclassmen and a PCSH graduate to deliver speeches. Senior Amira Gadow spoke about her family's experience as immigrants from Somalia. Anniee Qurat Ul Ain, an exchange student from Pakistan challenged students to not judge all Muslims in a negative way. Lacy Myrman, former IB DP graduate and current student at George Washington University, encouraged students to get involved in MUN and other activities that will give them a global outlook. Myrman just returned from a year studying abroad in Marseilles, France and Kigali, Rwanda. Myrman joined the MUN team as a 7th grader when it originated at NVMS, continued at PCSH, and worked at MUN conferences throughout the country.
“What a pleasure to see high school students mentoring middle school students while discussing relevant global issues,” said Sandra Day, CIES coordinator and former Social Studies teacher.