Model students: 7 from Calvert attend Model UN conference

Seven students from Calvert Catholic High School attended a Model UN conference early this month for the first time.

Maddie Routson, Calvert Catholic High School social studies teacher, assisted in facilitating the trip for the students.

The Model UN convention took place in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for three-days. Students represented the Toledo, Michigan and surrounding areas.

The students, three seniors and four juniors, represented Ireland. They first learned which country they would be taking on last year. Routson said they learned the history of their country and how the country would address specific issues.

She said they were inspired by students from St. Wendelin Catholic School who have come to Calvert.

“We wanted to continue to implement this program,” she said.

Students took on issues such as refugees, the Middle East, the Israeli and Palestine issue, human trafficking and keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

The program is entirely student led, and one issue involving disposal of nuclear waste made it to the General Assembly, Routson said.

“It has been an amazing experience for me and for my students,” she said. “It has been exciting to see them in leadership roles. I am very proud of them.

Routson said they are ready for next year making sure they are better prepared for their country and plan to go deeper in the country’s full political history.