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Mount Vernon Students Join Fairfield University Model UN

More than a dozen high schools, including Mount Vernon High School, participated in Fairfield University's annual Model UN High School Conference earlier this month.
More than a dozen high schools, including Mount Vernon High School, participated in Fairfield University's annual Model UN High School Conference earlier this month. Photo Credit: Courtesy Fairfield University website

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- More than a dozen high schools participated in Fairfield University's annual Model UN High School Conference earlier this month.

A total of 14 high schools from the tri-state area, including 12 students from Mount Vernon High School, participated in the Nov. 15 event. The annual conference allows high school students to discuss and debate relevant global issues, representatives said. Fairfield University college students chair each committee, while the high school students take the role of delegates. The format "allows the students to broaden their horizons on an international level," representatives said.

“This was a special year for the Program, since it marked the 10th anniversary of the Model UN Competition at Fairfield," said Jermain Griffin, the assistant director of the International Studies Department at Fairfield. "It is great to see the enthusiasm exhibited, and continuous participation of all the students from the various schools.”

Mount Vernon High School junior Anya Patterson said she enjoyed participating in the conference.

“The whole day was a great experience," Patterson said. "I learned and began to appreciate the art of the concepts of Diplomacy and Negotiations.”

Representatives with Mount Vernon High School said students wish to thank Fairfield University for hosting the event, the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, the Westchester Chapter of the Links Program, Work2 Workout and the Marianthi Foundation "for sponsoring the event and giving them the opportunity to participate in the program," according to a release.

“I am very proud of all the delegates and their accomplishments at the conference," said Demetrios Mihailidis, the UN Club Advisor at Mount Vernon High School. "You are exemplary students and represented Mount Vernon High School with distinction. You truly are future ambassadors."

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