Last week, students from Thornton Academy participated in the Maine Model United Nations Conference held virtually by the University of Southern Maine. Our students did an amazing job within their committees, and debated complex geo-political issues confronted by the United Nations today. They found creative solutions for some of the many contemporary challenges today such as: the ethics behind lethal autonomous weapons, climate change and food insecurity, the Human Right to Water, the effects of automation on developing nations, and competition over space resources to name a few. Throughout the two-day conference, Thornton Academy had many students recognized for their exemplary work and leadership. For many of these students, it was their first Model United Nations experience competing against veteran students.We would like to acknowledge all Thornton Academy participants, and highlight the following students who received exemplary recognitions.
In the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee- Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee
Harley Chen Received the highest recognition and received the Diplomacy award representing China.
In the Alliance of Small Island States
Jasmine Day received an Honorable Mention while representing the interests of Papua New Guinea.
In the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Cole Cochrane received an Honorable Mention while representing the interests of China.
In the United Nations General Assembly Sixth Committee
Margaret Archibald received an Honorable Mention representing the interests of Syria.
In the United Nations Environmental Program
Spencer Kline received an Honorable Mention representing the interests of China.