The Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (“LCJSMS”) Model United Nations Club was created with the help of to an SEF grant. It engages students in grades 6-8 in the process of discovery and interpretation of issues that challenge society today. The LCJSMS Model UN Club lets students develop their knowledge beyond the school curriculum. During the 2016-2017 school year, students were able to see firsthand how foreign policy impacts the way we live our lives. The club connected them to current events around the world and increased their understanding of the world from a global perspective.
On May 13th, students from the LCJSMS Model United Nations Club and their advisor, Alexander Whiteside, took part in "resolving" some of the most difficult international problems that our elected leaders are tasked with solving at the Junior Academy Model United Nations at the Bergen Academy in Hackensack, NJ. The LCJSMS team represented the countries of Afghanistan, Belgium, China, Cuba, and Nigeria. Students tackled difficult issues while representing their assigned countries on various committees including: the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the African Union (AU). The club members gained valuable leadership experience and confidence in addressing the global issues that face these organizations. The LCJSMS Model United Nations Club hopes to continue its success next year.
Honorable mention awards were given to Summer Cullen representing Afghanistan and Wilson Wicelinski representing Nigeria. The other students who represented LCJSMS were Will Cho, Bryan Fok, Kathleen Landis, Sydney McCormack, Kevin Owens, Marco Risi, Gabrielle Chay, Diana Drohan, Aarav Gupta, Adam Schnipper, Michael Speer, Oliver Sweeney, Jalen Chiu, and Ravi Naidu.