This article was contributed by Sean Zeitler
Fourteen students from Santa Margarita Catholic High School recently returned from the 31st annual Royal Russell Model United Nations Conference held in East Croydon, United Kingdom. The students represented the countries of Chile, Sudan, and Kenya in a mock meeting of the United Nations.
It's another in a long line of outstanding field trips for students in the school's Model United Nations club, which have also competed in China and Paris.
Students Brad Smith and Emily Guirgis won individual awards for their superior performance at the conference. In addition, the delegation of Kenya was recognized as an Outstanding Delegation.
In addition to Smith and Guirgis, the other student representatives were Nina Riegelsberger, Jack Bobruk, Alyssa Perkins, Natalie Willis, Melissa Montes, Kate McNally, Anna Marie Jennings, Isabella deJesus, Ellen Liu, Aneet Atwal, Nicole Gigliotti and Ryan Moussavi.
At the conference students debated economic, political, and social issues facing the international community. Topics such as biodiversity, the Eurozone debt crisis, and terrorism were among the topics discussed over the four-day conference.
In addition to attending the conference, the students got a chance to tour London and visit landmarks such as the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey.