For the first time PWHS was represented at the Model United Nations – Oregon’s oldest youth organization – on the University of Oregon and Northwest Christian University’s campus in Eugene this year. From Thursday, April 12 until Saturday, April 14, approximately 1,500 delegates from different Oregon high schools explored world issues relating to security, economics, human rights, health, and the environment while representing a specific country and its views.
After preparing all year long, senior Jackson Manwaring-Perks, and sophomores Alden Baartz-Bowman, Piet Fretz, Kai Givens, and Caidan Speth-McCrary sat on the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Global Security Committee as delegates from the African country of Ethiopia.
“It was great because while you expected it to be extremely serious, being student-run it was a bit more relaxing than the real thing. It was fun to meet and negotiate with students from other schools,” said Piet, while Kai mentioned that “learning to speak from a country’s point of view is interesting, and observing delegates in my committee speak with such passion on a position they may or may not personally agree with was fascinating.”
The group was hosted by the wonderful Waldorf early childhood teacher Lourdes Smyth and accompanied by Frau Fretz. The students plan on definitely returning to the conference next year to represent a different country, hopefully with a larger group.