On April 4 and 5, 2019, the Osage Model United Nations delegation attended the spring conference of the Iowa High School Model United Nations, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The Osage delegation represented the countries of Egypt and France as delegations from around the state of Iowa met in a mock simulation of the real United Nations. UNI has hosted this mock simulation for over fifty years.
Contemporary global issues are selected from real world scenarios each year and assigned to the different committees. The delegates worked together with other students representing countries from around the globe to create resolutions about how countries can work together to solve these problems.
This years’ issues included cyber security in elections, whether or not refugees have the right to return to their homelands, the use of unmanned drones as weapons, international small arms trade, human trafficking and forced labor, crimes concerning humanitarian aid, the Russian intervention in Ukraine, how to bring about peace in Afghanistan and the detainment of journalists.
The Osage delegations was comprised of committee/students - Legal Committee - Jonah Bluhm and Wesley Smith; Security Council - Seth Phillips and Wyatt Grady; Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee - Makayla Eagen, Makayla Mostek, Sawyer Chisholm and Manar Abd El Aziz; Disarmament - Logan Martin, Elijah Bluhm. Rhett Ham and Rafe Miller; and Political and Security Council - Chase Halbach, Mitchell Christensen, Nic Shoars and Andrew Schneider.
Students work on improving their collaboration and communications skills, as well as their writing and public speaking skills. While in committee they are required to wear professional business attire and use parliamentary procedure to conduct the meetings.
Through their research on the topics and discussions with other students, they develop an appreciation for the many cultures influencing our world and how complicated the arena of international relations can be.