CHAMPLAIN — On Thursday, Northeastern Clinton Central School kicked off its 36th-annual North Country Model United Nations conference, a three-day event.
More than 15 schools in New York and Vermont are taking part, with students representing more than 100 countries, according to Jason Borrie, adviser to both the district’s Harvard Model United Nations and North Country Model U.N. programs.
Participants take on the views of their assigned nations and debate a number of topics within eight committees, including NATO and the International Court of Justice.
With seniors Hunter and Molly Roush serving as co-secretaries general, a group of 23 students planned and are overseeing the conference.
Preparations, Borrie said, began almost immediately following the close of the 2012 event.
“It’s an entire-year process,” he said.
But it’s worth it, he added, because participation in extracurricular activities such as these is what people remember later in life when they reflect on their high-school years.
“That’s what enriches,” he said. “That’s what makes us human.”
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