Elmont’s Model U.N. Team Excels At Yale, Honored by Assemblywoman Solages

Source: Long Island Exchange

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, the Elmont Memorial High School Model United Nations (MUN) team and Intel Science Talent Search Finalist were honored by Assemblywoman Solages (Elmont-D) for their achievements.

The Elmont Memorial Model United Nations Team, Advisors Nkenge Gilliam and Melvin Kohn, Elmont Memorial High School Principal Kevin Dougherty, and New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages. (Photo Courtesy of NYS)

The Elmont Memorial High School MUN team attended the Yale University Conference in New Haven, Connecticut, from January 21, 2016 to January 24, 2016. The team competed against students from all around the world, from 40 different countries and over 1,600 delegates. They debated on topics, such as Ethnic Conflicts, Refugee Crises, Curbing Pollution, and Human Trafficking.  The Elmont MUN team was victorious, winning awards in five different committees, including the best delegate award.

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Elmont students represented the nations of Sri Lanka and Ireland. Some of the committee topics included the Eurozone Crisis, Curbing Pollution, Human Trafficking, Counterterrorism and Ethnic Conflicts in Refugee Situations.

This event was extra special for Elmont MUN alumnus Harold Ekeh, who served as one of the assistant secretary generals.

The 12 students represented Elmont Memorial High School well. The club’s president, Isaiah Genao, and dedicated faculty advisers Nkenge Gilliam and Melvin Kohn led the team. The Elmont delegation returned with the following awards:

Isaiah Genao, DISEC – Sri Lanka, Honorable Mention
Marvin Pierre, UNICEF – Ireland, Honorable Mention
Julie Nwaogbe, WHO – Ireland, Outstanding Delegate
Christelle Thermidor, UN WOMEN – Ireland, Honorable Mention

Fratianne Racine, UNEP – Ireland, Best Delegate

Source: Long Island Exchange

Intel Talent Search Finalist Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, Advisors Michelle Flannory and David Spinnato, Principal Kevin Dougherty, and New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages. (Photo Courtesy of NYS)

Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a student in the Elmont Memorial High School’s Science Research Program, is a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search program. The program is the  nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. Augusta’s socially conscious work, “Rheological Characterization of Attapulgite Nanoclay Modified Cement Slurries for Oil Well Applications,” was chosen among over 1,800 students. Augusta is one of 40 finalists who will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March, and will appear before a judge panel to present her work.

“It is truly remarkable what these students are doing,” stated Assemblywoman Solages. “They are pushing their limits and engaging themselves in deeper, globally conscious issues. The success of these students is a strong statement for the amazing work that their teachers and administrators are doing.”

The students and advisors were all honored with New York State Assembly citations.


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