Students from several schools gather for Model United Nations Conference


St. Joseph High School, Hammonton, last week held its first-ever eighth grade Model United Nations Conference, hosting two other schools in simulating an actual Model U.N. Conference, complete with ambassadors, draft resolutions, and negotiations.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, 13 eighth grade students from St. Mary, Gloucester City, and St. Mary, Williamstown, attended the conference, coordinated by St. Joseph’s High School Global Studies’ students. The eighth graders simulated the roles of ambassadors from United Nations member states to debate current worldwide issues, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, and present solutions to worldwide problems.

Taking place in the school’s media center, the day included the discussion of three main topics that were researched beforehand: Global Climate Change, International Hot Spots, and Nuclear Awareness and Disarmament. Twenty St. Joseph’s High School students, in addition to coordinating the event, chaired these groups.

Bill Hocker, teacher of the Global Studies program, called the day an extension of the school’s “mission of social justice and peace (in order) to raise lifelong leaders and learners.”

Sophomore Marissa Gioffre, said,“We’re giving eighth graders knowledge, that they can take and bring back to their own schools.”