Willow Hill students have been participating in the Model UN conference sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Boston since 2006. It is an annual two-day conference held at Northeastern University that brings some 400 high-school students from twenty-five public and private schools in the New England region to debate current world topics. Our students prepare for the conference in a Friday elective class, where they research the country they will represent, write position papers on topics assigned to their committees, and practice the skills of public speaking and negotiation.
Model UN gives students a chance to take the social and academic skills they have learned here at school and apply them in a new and challenging context. They gain social confidence and global awareness-- and they discover their voices. A few of our students have won Best Position Paper Awards for outstanding research, writing, and participation in their committees. Our past award-winning papers are:
(2008) Topic: Fluoridation for Australasia and Oceania
(2013) Topic: Piracy and Organized Crime
(2015) Topic: Re-Writing the Millennium Development Goals
(2015) Topic: Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol