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Falcons compete at Harvard Model Congress, emerge with laurels

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Angela Wainright
Sophomore John Patterson and freshman Sydney Marshall both received awards at HMC.

Kinkaid students traveled to Boston to participate in Harvard Model Congress, the country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious Model United Nations conference. 

Over 2,500 high school students from dozens of states and countries gathered in Boston from Feb. 22 to 25 to engage in high-level simulations of the United Nations.

Kinkaid’s Model UN team, representing the school with distinction, participated in various House, Senate and Special Committees. These committees addressed pressing global issues, including artificial intelligence, China’s industrial power and relations with the US and the right to privacy. The teams worked on policy proposals and detailed programs to find solutions to these challenges.

Among the standout delegates were sophomore John Patterson and freshman Sydney Marshall, who received honorable mention awards for their exceptional contributions to the special committee programs. 

“I’m grateful for winning an award at HMC,” Patterson said. “Stepping outside my comfort zone into a challenging committee was a personal growth journey.”

Beyond committee sessions, the Kinkaid students had the opportunity to explore the Harvard campus, immersing themselves in the academic atmosphere. They even attended an economics and calculus class, gaining insights into the rigorous academic life at Harvard.

 “This year was more competitive than ever, as the conference had more delegates than it ever had in the history of the conference (1600),” Ms. Wainright said. “With that said, it was harder to win and students had to step it up. Although we did not come back with as many awards as we have in the past, we feel that our delegation performed well, and we are extremely proud of Sydney Marshall and John Patterson for receiving awards.”

Students also enjoyed the illustrious keynote speakers, including congressman Mr. Gabe Amo of Rhode Island’s first district, as well as Ms. Carol Rose, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Massachusetts.

“I think HMC achieved its intended purpose of going beyond a simulation and actually showing us the reality of a life dedicated to debate, discourse and diplomacy,”  junior Caroline Swanson said.

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