DoDEA Americas Schools in the News
Fort Campbell High School Model United Nations Students Place in Vanderbilt University
by Cindy Gibson
Peach Tree City, Georgia | November 19, 2012
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – Dr. Beth Middlemiss, Interim Director for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)-Cuba, is pleased to announce that three Fort Campbell High School Model United Nations (MUN) students received awards and recognition at a recent MUN Conference competition at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Matt Ellis was named an Outstanding Delegate and spoke on the topic "Egyptian Uprising: Mubarak's Cabinet." Matt Cline was named an Outstanding Delegate and spoke on "European Defense Initiative 2020. Bailey Johnson received a Verbal Commendation for the "United Nations Security Council." All three students are seniors.
"This is the first time ever, we have had students receive awards and recognition for their ideas, debate and discussion within their assigned MUN Committees," said Mr. Ken Jankowski, FCHS MUN instructor. "We had 19 students compete and they have shown why FCHS can compete with any and all prestigious private and public schools from all over the Southeastern United States.
"This is our fourth year of MUN at Fort Campbell High School," Mr. Jankowski said, of the young program. "We began with eight students and now we have a whopping 23 students."
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. The hands-on learning allows students to confront a range of topics within the perspective of their assigned country or organization. Through these experiences - during preparation, in committee sessions, and even in hallway caucuses - students develop an appreciation of differing viewpoints, the frustration of negotiation, the rewards of cooperation and a broader view of the human side of international relations and diplomacy
(For more information about MUN, please go to www.bestdelegate.com).