South Orange Maplewood Students Earn Awards at National Model UN Conference
Fifteen South Orange and Maplewood residents, all students at Columbia High School (7 Sophomores and 8 Juniors), participated in a Model UN Conference at New York University. The Conference entitled Empire Model UN hosted over 350 students from high schools around the country, and as far away as California, Texas, and Florida. This challenging conference pushed our young residents to use all of their best negotiation, public speaking, and analytical abilities. Congratulations are in order for all of the students, but especially the five who earned awards. Valerie Houghton and Danielle Samake both received verbal accommodations. Zachary Singer was awarded with a certificate for best position paper. Elijah Glantz and Christopher (C.J.) Trzaska both won best delegate awards. The South Orange Maplewood Model UN club operated independently of CHS this year and is completely student run. The co-presidents are Valerie Houghton and Abigail Ratner. Elizabeth Ragone and Christopher Trzaska are co-treasurers, and Ellis Gordon. Kiran Sharma, and Hazel Allison-Way are co-secretaries. The club hopes to fund-raise to go to additional conferences in 2018, and hopes in the future to be reinstated as an official club at CHS.
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