CARLSBAD — Nearly 450 high school students from all over the world assembled at the University of Washington campus April 17 and April 18 for an intensive conference simulating United Nation committees and debate. Among them were 14 students from Carlsbad-based Pacific Ridge School. To prepare for the conference, students were tasked with researching an assigned country and developing a position paper on each of the two topics assigned to their committees. At the conference, students presented their positions, listened to the views of others to defend and modify positions, and negotiated with other delegations to gain support of a resolution. Of the 30 awards presented, five were awarded to Pacific Ridge students.
Model UN conference assignments and awards for Pacific Ridge School included:
— Netherlands: Alex Rodrigues of Carlsbad, Research Award for General Assembly 4;
Annie O’Donnell of Carlsbad; Katie Glockner of Encinitas; and Trevor Nesbitt of Carlsbad, Best Delegate for UN Environmental
— Program Committee: Tiffany Chu of Olivenhain
— Burma: Kenneth Gudel of Carmel Valley
— Republic of Congo: Alix Conde of San Marcos, Research Award for Security
Council; Anisha Mudaliar of Carmel Valley, Research Award for World Food Program; Janine Chow of Carlsbad; Luke St. Marie of Carlsbad; Meili Eubank of Encinitas, Research Award for World Health Organization, Stephanie Sapp of Rancho Santa Fe and Zoe Tracy of Encinitas.