Fifteen students attended the recent Model UN conference hosted by Columbia University.
Some students represented countries in more traditional Model United Nations contexts. Ariel Lee '15 represented Sao Tome and Principe in the African Union and Jessica Li '15 represented Thailand in the World Health Organization.
Other students represented people in more creative settings. Tom Arena '12 sat on the executive board of Blackwater, dealing with the scandal of the shootings in Baghdad. Alex Brighenti '14 was an Achaean during the Trojan War, striving to win the war without a Trojan horse. Jordain Kirk '12 was corruptly put in power as the President of Honduras by the United Fruit Company board of directors as they schemed to maintain American economic imperialism in Central America.
Kent students took part in fifteen different committees, discussing a diverse array of topics from the future of the Dali Lama in Tibet to alternative outcomes for the historic Yalta conference and the success of Détente during the Cold War, debating with more than 500 delegates from high schools around the country and world.The Model UN team will be back behind the podium for their next debate on campus later this month, and will head on a trip off-campus in May.