Created on Saturday, 16 March 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Bellefontaine Middle School’s Team Japan and Team Nigeria took home the top two Outstanding Nation awards at the Junior Ohio Model United Nations competition in Columbus this week.
|Bellefontaine Middle School members of Team Nigeria, left photo, and Team Japan, right photo, won Outstanding Nation awards at the Junior Ohio Model United Nations this week. Team Nigeria members are, from the left, kneeling, Peyton Robbins, Zoe Price, Abby Godwin and Emily Kirby; and standing, Nick Kurtz, Owen O’Connor, Boris Pattison and Dylan Christman. Team Japan members are, from the left, kneeling, Zack Yoesting, Eric LaRoche and Marshall Verbsky; and standing, Jacob Childs, Min Lin, Griffin Mason, Peyton Neeld. (PHOTOS | BELLEFONTAINE SCHOOLS)|
This award is presented based on their performance in the various categories, including costume, resolutions, raise funds for I-Open, debate in council sessions and General Assembly, and have student candidates running for office.
Team Japan includes Jacob Childs, Eric LaRoche, Min Lin, Griffin Mason, Peyton Neeld, Marshall Verbsky and Zack Yoesting. Members of Team Nigeria are Dylan Christman, Abby Godwin, Emily Kirby, Nick Kurtz, Owen O’Connor, Boris Pattison, Zoe Price and Peyton Robbins.
Team Japan also received the top Talent Award.
A total of seven BMS teams participated in the competition that featured 147 other teams from around the state.
The BMS teams presented their resolutions, with six out of the seven teams advancing with their resolutions to the next day to the General Assembly in front of more than 1,000 other students.
As for the individual awards, Boris Pattison and Kaitey Chervenak were named Outstanding Delegates and Violet Martin received a Leadership Award. Jacob Childs was named a runner-up in the Current Events Contest.
All of the students received the I-Open award for raising over $600 dollars to go to a school in Nigeria to purchase computers.
Finally, several students were elected as leaders for next year’s Junior OMUN competition — Boris Pattison will be the General Assembly president, the highest office, and Violet Martin will be a council president. Peyton Robbins, Jack Stolly, Marshall Verbsky and Spencer Whetsel will be vice presidents.