Administrator Written by  Dec 09, 2015

6th-Graders Represent PDS at Annual Model UN Conference

Will the patrons yield to a series of questions, and I reserve my right to speak afterwards?” PDS boys could be heard asking this over and over again at the YMCA Middle School Model United Nations Conference on Friday, December 4, 2015.

This one-day event held in the City Hall Chambers was a hands-on experience for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students involving international politics and issues promoting world peace. Being given the opportunity to develop leadership and speaking skills while debating under the rules of parliamentary procedure was only a part of the process. The YMCA Youth in Government strives to instill caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in this unique educational program.

Nineteen 6th grade PDS boys represented delegates from seven countries, which included Australia, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Nepal, Rwanda, and Suriname. Those participating were Turner Bishop, Collin Craft, McRae Dickinson, Andrew Harris, Kyler Herring, Mark Hieatt, Nash Kaye, Zachary Keasling, Loro Lado, Clayton Nearn, Ashley Park, Jace Ra, Forest Rudd, Cole Rutherford, Kevlar Singh, Witt Smith, Garner Uhlhorn, and Christopher Yarbro.

They learned to respectfully agree to disagree in a diverse world. Each team was challenged by the research process and writing a formal resolution to present in Committee and before the General Assembly.

Outstanding Delegate Awards:

  • Turner Bishop (Madagascar)
  • Christopher Yarbro (Nepal)

All of these 6th grade boys let it be known they were more than capable of holding their own in a debate with older students. “Our PDS boys were articulate, knowledgeable, and confident throughout the all-day conference,” said Mrs. Nina Haley, Model UN Coach.

Congratulations are in order to all of these boys for maintaining the high standard that previous PDS teams have set!


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