RPA Students Participate in Model United Nations Session

On the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 31, a dynamic group of fifteen student delegates from The Netherlands gathered at RPA for an engaging Model United Nations (MUN) WinterCon session in preparation for an upcoming conference in April. 

Under the direction of humanities teacher Matt Killpack, RPA students are actively involved in crafting position papers, honing debate skills, formulating resolutions and participating in online conventions over the next few months.

“The Oregon Model United Nations WinterCon was a valuable experience for our delegates, offering a condensed Model UN encounter,” Killpack explained. “It serves as an ideal platform for both new and less experienced delegates, as well as those seeking to enhance their Model UN proficiency.”

Assuming the roles of representatives from The Netherlands, students delved into a wide array of topics ranging from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Nile River Dispute to Dedollarisation. WinterCon kicked off with lively debates on resolutions and concluded with a spirited pushup competition – a fitting conclusion that showcased the determination of the delegates or, at the very least, helped dissipate some of the energy generated during the debates. 

Reflecting on the event, Mason George, a participant in MUN, shared, “It was a delightful experience. We had the opportunity to interact with students from across Oregon united by a common goal and a shared passion for this incredible club.”

Eleventh-grader Nora Applebee is looking forward to the April conference in Eugene, where the 

where the delegation will engage in discussions on international politics with students representing 56 countries. “I’m eagerly anticipating delving into discussions on relevant global issues and proudly representing The Netherlands in conversations about the new space race with fellow delegations,” she said. 

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