Concord Academy’s 16th Annual Model United Nations Conference
On Saturday, May 2, Concord Academy hosted the 16th annual Model United Nations conference, dubbed “Phoenix CAMUN” since it rose from the ashes of the canceled in-person conference originally slated for April 4. The conference took place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, using 19 Zoom rooms — that allowed for opening and closing ceremonies, plus six committee rooms, each with two caucus rooms for delegates to use as needed. Over 100 delegates from 18 schools attended, including Beaver Country Day School, Braintree High School, Catholic Memorial School, Duxbury High School, Seekonk High School, and Thayer Academy’s high and middle school, among others. Throughout its 16 year history, CAMUN has opened its doors to public and independent high schools and middle schools, and has tried to create a lively forum for diplomacy among new and experienced delegates.
The General Assembly committee discussed international cooperation in space, and included many new delegates from both middle and high school. The crisis committee on the death of Joseph Stalin posed an interesting challenge for delegates: With Stalin gone, how to secure your place at the top of the party? In the weeks before the conference began, the staff shared six- to eight-page background guides for each committee on CA’s website, which provided history, context, and important questions for each topic, and a set of instructions for using Zoom.
The conference began with a 15-minute opening ceremony, where Secretary-General Charmaine Ko ’20 introduced the idea of Phoenix CAMUN rising from the ashes, followed by a video introduction to the staff. Delegates then moved to their various committees using a slate of Zoom links, discussed their topics, wrote resolutions in Google Docs, presented them, and in some cases voted on them. Delegates then returned to the closing ceremony on Zoom, where each chair offered a brief recap of their committee, followed by a skit by the Crisis Committee in place of awards. Charmaine led the entire conference, and a series of weekly staff meetings, from her home.
Secretary-General: Charmaine Ko ’20
Undersecretary-General of Communications: Ella Griffiths ’20
Undersecretary-General of Registration: Zahaan Khalid ’21
Undersecretary-General of Crisis: Luka Willett ’20
General Assembly: International Cooperation in Space
Chair: Ellen Jennings ’20
Rapp: Allie Ehlinger ’22
Page: Angie Minichiello ’21
Security Council: The Conflict in Kashmir
Chair: Vedika Sharma ’20
Rapp: Claire Masiée ’21
Historical: Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry
Chair: Lily Gray ’20
Rapp: Sky Cole ’20
Page: Isadora Goldman-Leviton ’21
UNHRC: The Human Rights Situation in Hong Kong
Chair: Charmaine Ko ’20
Chair: Altea Thompson ’21
Rapp: Amanda Shih ’21
Historical Crisis 1: The Death of Stalin
Chair: Griffin Seidel ’21
Rapp: Melanie Tapia ’22
Page: Darley Boit ’21
Historical Crisis 2: The Bush Cabinet – Post 9/11
Chair: Hayden Jennings ’21
Rapp: Will Tran ’22
Page: Libby Stott ’22
Ishan Narra ’22, Shihab Moral ’22, Jarrett Gath ’22, Wyatt Fernandes ’23
Ceci Crawford ’20 had planned to complete a senior project on reducing food waste in the Stu-Fac. With the arrival of distance learning mid-semester, she shifted her focus to how community members can reduce food waste at home. For this video, part of her project, she interviewed CA seniors and faculty members who are trying a variety of tactics to reduce food waste while they practice social distancing. “My hope is that this would remind everyone to think a little more about their own food waste when they’re at home,” she says.
The Spanish for Heritage Speakers course, which launched in fall 2019, offers students language instruction tailored to the specific needs of students who grew up speaking or hearing the language at home.
On Sunday, May 3, nine CA computer programmers attended a virtual hackathon hosted by Middlesex School. Its goal: to help people cope with social distancing and isolation during the Covid-19 lockdown. One team of 11th and 12th graders designed a website that pairs restaurants with leftover food supplies with shelters that need it. Another, made up entirely of 9th graders, was recognized for creating the most useful product for helping people who are distancing during the pandemic. Their prototype, designed using MIT’s App Inventor, was a mobile app that uses the location sensor on the phone to warn people when they’re entering high-risk areas, according to published records of Covid-19 cases.