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Shaker Heights Middle School Model UN Delegates Excel at OMUN Conference

March 20, 2024 -- Congratulations to the 43 Shaker Heights Middle School students who represented nine nations at the Ohio Leadership Institute’s Junior Ohio Model UN Conference. OMUN is a three-day global education simulation experience that allows students in Grades 5-8 to learn the complete operations of the United Nations and its role as the world’s largest international peacekeeping and humanitarian organization. More than 600 students from across the state of Ohio competed in the conference which emphasizes leadership development and global-mindedness. The students who competed and earned recognition at the Ohio Model United Nations conference that was held from Sunday, March, 17, through Tuesday March 19, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio are the following:

Outstanding Leader Award

Saya Walters

Nation: Colombia

Outstanding Leader Award

Jessie Tien

Nation: Ghana

Outstanding Leader Award

Lauren Jalics

Nation: Lesotho

World Problem Solving Contest Runner-Up

Julia Koops

Nation: The Gambia

Current Events Contest Runner-Up

RJ Lee

Nation: Mauritius

World Citizenship Contest Runner-Up

Devin Zitelli

Nation: Mauritius

Outstanding Resolution

Maizy Machmer-Wessels, Cate Wanick, Rachel Hren, Lauren Jalics, Vivian Clement

Nation: Lesotho

Finally, the following student was elected into an office and will help to lead the OMUN 2025 conference as a 9th grader:

McKenna Martin: Council Vice-President

SMS OMUN Advisers: Matt Wyman, Mike Sears & David Saluga

Honorable Chaperone: Sarah Knebel

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