January 9, 2023
Beachwood High School’s Junior Council on World Affairs continues to excel in the 2022-2023 school year, having won the Model United Nations fall conference three years in a row!
The conference, held November 17-18 at Case Western Reserve University, attracted many of the top schools throughout Northeastern Ohio, including Solon, Rocky River, Orange, and Mentor.
“It's great to see Beachwood come out on top competing against these schools,” said club advisor Dominic Velotta. “In each of the last three years, you can tell the students from the other schools don't like it when we show up.”
Twenty-five Beachwood students attended the conference, which replicates a United Nations summit. Students assumed the role of delegates from a specific country and negotiated to draft resolutions on topics that included human rights, global health, economic development, poverty, and climate change. Delegates were judged on how accurately and fully they represented the needs of their assigned countries and their ability to work with representatives of other countries to present solutions.
“It's really a quite fascinating process,” said Velotta, adding that the team’s success “is a testament not only to our students but also to our middle school program advised by J.C. Lenk.”
Three students earned a 'Best Delegate' gavel: Anah Khan (10), Cordelia Ames (11), and Karina Krishnan (9). Six more students earned 'Superior Delegation' honors: Nishan Shrestha (11), Noah Beilstein (9), Ezrin Saltzman (10), Lyndia Zheng (9), Amy Zhou (10), and Siya Gulia (11). ‘Excellent Delegation’ honors went to Maria Zarjetskiy (9), and Srishti Ithychanda (9). Radha Pareek (10) and Blane Ehasz (11) earned “Honorable Mention.”
In preparation for the conference, Velotta allowed the executive board of five students to run the practices.
“This gives them ownership of the club and a sense of autonomy that cultivates their intrinsic desire to do well,” said Velotta.
The JCWA will travel to New York later this month for the Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition.