BHS Students Win Honors at Model UN Conference
On April 5th and 6th, twelve Ballard High School students attended the Iowa High School Model United Nations 54th Annual Spring Conference at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Model UN is a simulation experience of the United Nations in which students act as delegates from a United Nations member country. This year, Ballard High School represented F inland on a variety of United Nations committees. Prior to the conference, students researched Finland and wrote position papers regarding specific topics from the viewpoint of Finland. While attending the conference, students participated in committee work which included proposing and negotiating international resolutions, planning strategy, resolving conflicts, and following the procedure of an actual United Nations assembly. This year, five Ballard High School students won honors for their exemplary delegate performance and position papers. Autumn Boettger won the Outstanding Delegate Award for her research and performance on the Legal II Committee. Samantha Johnson won an Outstanding Position Paper Award for her writing on environmental refugees, Grace Long and Joslyn Waelti-Johnson won Outstanding Position Paper Awards for their writing on the regulation of stem cells, and Alison VanErsvelde won an Outstanding Position Paper Award for her writing on cyber security and cyber warfare. Well done, ladies!