A total of 39 Bellefontaine Middle School students representing five teams competed at the recent Junior Ohio Model United Nations competition, where they received several awards.
BMS received a runner-up award for the I-Open Program, which was supported by the community through a Waffle House fundraiser. Individual awards were presented to Blake Phillips, Outstanding Leadership Award; Mackenzie Swartz, Outstanding Delegate Award, for her abilities in debating and overall presentation skills; and Ben Sailors won a Global Agenda Issues Contest.
Student officers this year were Kasey Middaugh, assistant secretary general, and Kaitey Chervenak, human rights vice president. Officers elected for next year included Abbi Adelsberger, council president, and Mackenzie Swartz and Olivia Robbins, council vice presidents. These students will attend a leadership camp in the summer and help run the program next March.
Each team wrote a resolution for the competition. Team Brazil’s resolution was about the economic impact of coffee, while Team Croatia examined domestic violence. Team Greece’s resolution involved awareness of wild fire devastation. Japan looked at the overpopulation of wild animals and Nicaragua dealt with energy production using the San Juan River.
Team Croatia’s resolution passed a vote by the Human Rights Council.
The students in attendance were by team included Brazil: Natalie Dinovo, Addy Hankins, Caitlin, Hutchins, Erin Jackson, Gracie Middaugh, Riley Myers and Meng Wang; Croatia: Abbi Adelsberger, Gracie Beaverson, Camryn Clark, Whitney Clayton. Kayli Fergus, Olivia Robbins, Madison Roberts and Mackenzie Swartz; Greece: Lauren Easton, Anastasia Hiatt, Levon Howard, Evan Kauffman, Abby Kite, Dawson Roberts, Ben Sailors, Madison Taylor and Jason Willoughby; Japan: Megan Beaverson, Sierra Bensman, Shelby Gilbert, Maddi Jackson, Kinsey Krock, Taryn Mullins, Addison Overholt and Laney Yoder; Nicaragua: Isaac Belcher, Nate Kurtz, Na Lin, Kamryn Mathys, Pryce Neeld, Blake Phillips and Hannah Rader.