Kelly Misch, 440-285-4052, ext. 409
Seventeen student delegates from Chardon High School’s Model United Nations team competed in the autumn Model U.N. Conference held Nov. 17-18 at Case Western Reserve University. The team, advised by CHS world language teacher Kristen Niedzwiecki, participates through the Cleveland Council on World Affairs’ Model U.N. program, which has organized conferences for area students since 1941.
Through simulations of international affairs, student members of the Model U.N. gain experience at recognizing different perspectives, communicating ideas to diverse audiences, and applying their knowledge creatively through research, debate and conferences.
Debate topics at the autumn conference included equitable vaccine distribution, preventing future pandemics, preventing conflicts over water scarcity, managing plastic waste disposal, accountability for human rights violations during crises, and protecting the rights of migrant workers.
“Chardon brought one of the larger delegations and represented Chardon High School well,” said Mrs. Niedzwiecki. “The kids work for months to get ready, doing extensive research and preparing their position papers and debate topics,” she said. “They amaze me with their diligence and tenacity, and their global awareness is expanding exponentially.”
Senior Sebastian Marker said it was a great first experience for him at a Model U.N. conference and that he learned a lot about the realistic side of international politics while connecting with students from many other school districts.
Both Sebastian and CHS senior Isabella Glauser, who is also a first-time Model U.N. team member, are recipients of the autumn conference’s Excellent Delegation Award for Human Rights representing Senegal.
BOE members recognized
The Chardon Board of Education presented and approved resolutions of appreciation for board president Madelon Horvath and board member Paul Stefanko during their Dec. 13 meeting. Mrs. Horvath and Mr. Stefanko will complete their current four-year terms Dec. 31.
Mrs. Horvath, a retired Chardon High School English teacher and drama director, was first elected to the board in Nov. 2013 and is now nearing the completion of her second consecutive term. She has served the board in the capacities of Chardon Schools Foundation liaison, student/staff liaison, vice president, and president.
Mr. Stefanko, a telecommunications director who was first elected to the board in Nov. 2005 and now approaching the completion of his fourth consecutive term, has served the board in the capacities of student achievement liaison, insurance committee representative, vice president, legislative liaison, and Auburn Career Center representative.
Upon receiving the board’s resolution of appreciation, Mrs. Horvath read a prepared note to community members in attendance at the meeting, expressing how meaningful it has been for her to serve on the board and stating that while this is the end of her board term, she looks forward to continuing to be active in the district wherever she can be.