Several middle school students earned accolades for their work in last weekend’s Model United Nations Conference  at Holton Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland.  Sixth grader Liam Murphy and seventh grader Vlad Zadorojny earned honorable mentions for their work debating on the topic of climate change. Seventh grader Henry Cohen was named “Outstanding Delegate for his work in the Disarmament and International Security Committee, debating on cyber security and cyber warfare protection.  Eighth grader Aaron Scott scored an “Outstanding Delegate” nod while serving on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees committee. Eighth grader Philip Horrigan nabbed the impressive ”Best Delegate” title while serving on the committee of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs debating nuclear non-proliferation. Meanwhile, sixth grader Jaden Davis won praise as a first time participant to the Model United Nations activity, debating the topic of the Syrian refugee crisis while serving on the committee of UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Eighth grader Nico Davis impressively served on the World Health Organization debating what to do about the Zika virus. The team is advised by seventh grade teacher Mr. Wills and fifth grade teacher Ms. Lee-Bey. All of the delegates researched their topics and wrote position papers to present to the chairpersons of their committees. They then defended their opinions and negotiated and persuaded other delegates to support their  resolutions through a full committee voting process.