ALEXANDRIA, VA — October 27, 2017 — Fort Campbell High School recently recognized 39 student delegates who attended the Vanderbilt University Model United Nations (VUMUN) Conference from October 20 to 22 and received numerous honors.
Hosted on the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville, Tennessee, VUMUN is the premiere Model UN conference in the Southeastern United States and welcomes approximately 550 students from schools across the country. Each year, VUMUN offers a range of committees that are reflective of those currently active in the United Nations and dedicated to furthering the delegates’ leadership and debating skills. Within these committees, delegates are immersed in interactive simulations to foster group problem-solving and crisis management.
Representing their largest team to date, five FCHS student delegates earned awards through their participation in debates, and writing, amending and passing resolutions. FCHS Senior Kariahna Gamblin took home the most prestigious award as one of the best delegates at the conference – which only 21 participants earn each year – after representing Germany in the World Health Organization Committee. In addition, FCHS Senior Gavin Sylvia received the award for outstanding delegate while speaking on behalf of Switzerland in the World Health Organization Committee.
Other awardees include FCHS Seniors Noemi Cerritos and Elizabeth Ryan, both of whom earned verbal commendation for their respective work on the Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee and the Year 2040 Climate Change Debate. FCHS Junior Riley Boyle also earned an honorable mention for participating in the Cold War Joint Crisis Committee.
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.