ATHENS — Gallia County recently attended the Southeastern Ohio Model Nations in Athens at Ohio University on Dec. 2.
Gallia County Local Schools had 16 countries represented with 67 middle school students attending the event. This is an educational activity that Gallia County Local Schools talented and gifted students participate in every year. Model United Nations is set like the real United Nations in New York.
Students choose a country to represent. The students find a problem their country is having and write a resolution to present to the council to resolve the problem, debate with council to get it passed and present a cultural project on their country. This year there was 369 students who participated in the event representing ten different school districts. Congratulations to all who participated for a job well done.
Gallia County Local Schools walked away with four awards, Outstanding Nation (the highest award of the event), Outstanding Technology, Outstanding Presentation and Outstanding Performance. For Outstanding Nation, Ruth Rickett, Lillian Hawks, Hannah Chapman and Lexi Sutphin from River Valley Middle School competed as Japan. Red Haynes, Sydney Gilbert, Addy Burke won Outstanding Cultural Technology from River Valley Middle School competed as Turkey. Edgar Nolan and Nathan Young from River Valley Middle School won Outstanding Cultural Presentation as France. Kristen Clark, Wyatt Coon, Zoe Milliron and Rebecca Pearce, all of River Valley Middle School, took the Outstanding Cultural Performance award.
Gallia County’s Katie Baker, Shayla Sanger and Ryan Snyder served as elected officers to oversee Model UN councils and events. Brianna McGuire, Brody Moles, Gavin Davis, Keri Johnson, Clarissa Coldren and Chad Bostic staffed and help operate the event.
The Gallia County Local School Talented and Gifted Program Director is Sanda Plantz. Middle School Gifted Intervention Specialist and MUN Advisor is Melissa Moore. Denise Toler assisted with chaperoning and MUN activities.