Catholic Memorial School’s Model UN program, in its third year of competition since several students reorganized the club in 2010, hosted its first-ever conference at the school’s West Roxbury campus on November 17.
More than 100 students from eight area schools attended the conference, including students from Boston Latin School, BC High, Natick, Foxboro, Needham, Littleton, Stoneham and Sandwich.
In the course of the day on Saturday, students argued about current events like the crisis in Syria and Israel and historical events like the Chernobyl meltdown in mockup sessions meant to emulate those of the United Nations. Using parliamentary procedure, CM students chaired the committees. They included Gus Erikson, Ryan Walsh, Paul Marino, Ryan Lepore, Mike Doody, Hunter Larkin, Kevin Gill, Connor McGee, Jared Owens, Joe McCauley, Mike Calderone, Connor Sullivan, Ben DeLuca, LKyle Swansburg and Mike Iula.
Senior Gus Erikson, who advocated for the club’s reformation as a sophomore, was pleased with the club’s first effort at hosting aconference. “I thought it went very well,” he said. “It was a lot of work to get it together but I think it was very professionally run. Everyone who worked on it knew what they were doing and it went very smoothly. We got good reviews from faculty who came and from the students who came.”
“This was a terrific event thanks to the dedication of our student leadership, parent volunteers and staff who came together to make it happen,” said head coach and CM history teacher Vin Bradley.
Later in the year, the CM team will compete at five more conferences across New England.