River View’s Croatian delegation brings home Outstanding Resolution Award

| December 8, 2017

COLUMBUS – The River View Model United Nations team traveled to Columbus for their state summit. The student-run conference, hosted by the Ohio Leadership Institute, featured 202 competing delegations which included more than 1,500 students. Forty River View students made up five different delegations, with two more representing the Black Bears in the prestigious positions of state officers. River View’s Croatian delegation brought home an Outstanding Resolution Award. Their team, which was also invited to present at Human Rights Council, was made up of Janessa Albertson, Laci Jacobs, Kaitlyn Richard, Karlie Lahna, Emmie Brenly, Emma Anderson, Kaden Poorman, and Lane Wahl.

The Kenyan Delegation made the tough cut to present at Human Rights Council as well. Kenya was represented by Isaiah Cameron, Stephanie Hampton, Lydia Mitchell, Lexi Jacobs, Audrey Heddleson, Leah Brinker, Shelby Byland and Mackenzie Jennings. The Bolivian Delegation presented a talent of a children’s style story they had written representing the premise of their resolution. Skyler Stewart played the Bolivian National Anthem on her flute as Cal Shrimplin narrated the story and other delegates presented large storybook pages with illustrations. The remaining members of the Bolivian Delegation include Bailey Bowman, Carolyn Cox, Alexis Wright, Kaley Guthrie, Lydia Darling, Chanelle Robinson, Lincoln Shroyer, and Jace Stevens.

The Canadian Delegation presented a resolution based on inequities in gender birth rates in regions where particular chemicals are disposed. Canada was represented by Paige Shroyer, Josie Morris, Madi Moran, Hannah Frank, Haley Frank, Wynter Gray, Allie, McCoy, and Dylan Harsh. Finally, the Tongan Delegation took on the problem of the obesity epidemic in that country, which is the most obese nation in the world. Jacob Mitchell, Rachel Allen, Cassidi Bookless, Natalie Mickley, Gage Haines and Kinley Guthrie presented this topic.

Seniors Hannah Frank and Skyler Stewart were honored with Outstanding Leadership Awards for their dedication and mentorship in the program. Hannah Poorman and Sawyer Neal served as state officers. The officers are in charge of preparing for and running the conference. They are the elite among their peers in terms of leadership, public speaking, and organization.

Students spent several weeks preparing for this conference both during and after school. River View OMUN is under the direction of advisor Amanda Meiser, a high school social studies teacher.

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