HMS participated in Model UN at Alvirne High School in Hudson, NH on November 12, 2011. Model UN educates students about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda through an academic simulation of the United Nations. This was the first of several gatherings held each year. Four regional high schools attended, and of the 51 students in attendance, 13 were from High Mowing.
At this gathering, the students debated a current issue—the situation in Syria and the failed Security Council resolution of October 4 that would have put sanctions on Syria for shooting citizens and using force to put down political protest. High Mowing School represented the two nations, Russia and China, who at the last minute vetoed that resolution.
The original goal of the session was to see if that resolution could be rewritten in a way that Russia and China would support it. Midway through the proceedings the teachers received a news bulletin that the Arab League (which was meeting in Cairo, Egypt at the same time) had just suspended Syria from the League, and they were voting to impose political and economic sanctions. This information was given to certain delegations in the Model UN session along with instructions to Syria directing their position in the forthcoming Security Council debate—which caused the debate to move in a completely different direction. At the end of the day, the students produced and voted on four resolutions. One resolution passed—a mildly-worded document sanctioning Syria for its violation of human rights and calling on them to create a democracy.
Our students were excited and engaged in the day. Before we even left the campus that morning, the conversation was focused on the issues we would debate. They started their debate prepared and earnest, and then maintained that energy through the entire day. The fortuitous timing of real-world events made the day especially exciting and alive for all the participants.