Recently I had the wonderful experience of chaperoning 10 Proctor High School students to the Yale Model United Nations, located on the Yale campus in New Haven, Conn. It’s such a pleasure to be around young, bright, enthusiastic, mature young people.
The YMUN takes place on the Yale campus each year. The students who attend are treated to four days of scheduled activities. These include the opening ceremonies attended by over 1,300 students from all over the world and their chaperones. The energy is contagious.
Each student takes part in a committee they select. Some of these are the Social and Humanitarian Council, Disarmament and International Security, and the World Health Organization. Proctor students came together with students from around the world to work on real world problems, such as combating disease, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, controlling the spread of nuclear weapons, and on ways to stop trafficking and sexual violence against women around the world.
These are difficult topics, but in every committee Greg Mott and I dropped in on students were working with each other to solve them. Clearly these young people were able to enjoy each other’s similarities and differences as laughter was often heard in those rooms.
The parents of these 10 Proctor teenagers as well as their school should be very proud of them, and these students should also be proud of themselves. In every situation, from traveling, to hotels, committee rooms, dinners out, the Yale dance, interactions with peers and adults, they handled themselves with a great deal of maturity and respect.
Greg Mott and I are grateful for the opportunity we have been given to share our time with them, and we would like to thank their parents and the school for making this happen.
The students that attended were Erin Keefe, Ashley Cook, Olivia Cipriani, Mackenzie Hicky, Maria Caia, Jennica Martin, Alyssa Valerio, Jacob Tomlinson, Dermott Hughes and Evan Smith.
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