Mission Monday: Practicing Diplomacy at Yale

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Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Members of the high school’s Model United Nations Club met with more than 1,800 delegates from more than 40 countries during the annual Yale Model UN Conference from Jan. 18-21.

During the conference, North Salem students had an opportunity to tour the historic university, meet current Yale students and faculty, as well as interact with their peers from countries including New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea and the Ukraine.

In line with the conference’s mission, “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow,” students discussed international affairs, built confidence in their leadership abilities and practiced their diplomatic skills.

Model UN members spent weeks preparing for their specific roles at the conference, during which they acted as United Nations delegates from various countries in subcommittees, including NATO and crisis committees.

This rewarding and innovative educational experience left students feeling accomplished and excited for the future.

“Yale was really fun, and I made several friends for life,” said junior Evan Teplensky.

Club President William O’Leary added, “It is a great experience and has taught me a lot about international relations and creating personal relationships.”