In order to recruit students and improve access to Model United Nations (MUN) as an activity, the MUN team hosted their ninth annual home conference: the American Heritage Plantation MUN (AHPMUN).
Over 300 students from 11 schools across the state attended, including the Palm Beach campus, Doral Academy and Pembroke Pines Charter High School. The competition took place Oct. 7 and 8, and was run by a staff of 54 students.
With 10 committees ranging from the United Nations’ Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) to a committee on Spider Man, participants could choose one that intrigued them the most. They mirrored both the real-world UN committees, the historical crisis committees and the pop culture committees present at collegiate conferences.
As delegates representing either countries or individual characters, students conducted research in order to present and deliberate solutions, ensuring a brighter (fictional) future for their committees.
Heritage’s MUN team generally travels to six conferences each year — of national and international scope — but most public high schools are not financially able to do so. “AHPMUN was a great way for us to provide others access to an activity that we have experience in, so that it can change their lives by teaching them to lead, just as it changed our own,” senior Kayla Giset, chair of the DISEC committee, said.