BENNINGTON -- In April, over 125 MAUHS students participated in the 30th Annual Model United Nations at the High School as part of their Social Studies and Statistics (Math Department) curriculum. Veteran history teacher, Rick Caswell, organized the event with the help of two juniors, Evan Haley and Mariah Spencer. Several Social Studies teachers and MAUHS Statistics teacher, Tim Kane, acted as advisors and judges for the two-day event.
"It was another great year with the event expanding to include the Statistics students as resources," Rick Caswell reflected. This program creates many opportunities for in-depth, student-directed research, debate, and writing. Typically, 9th and 10th graders form country teams and act as delegates by writing bills to address real world issues such as Human Trafficking, Green Infrastructure, Women’s Rights, and International Drug Trade. Upperclass students were divided between being country delegates and acting as chairs for six committees including Environmental Committee and Security Council.
Following the Committee day of presenting and debating bills, all of the students and staff joined together for the General Assembly meeting in the school auditorium. Final bills were amended and voted upon. Awards are given for best delegates and best bills.