Hingham Model UN Team Attends the B.C. Eagle Conference!


Kathryn Black

Hingham High’s Model UN members snapped a quick team photo together before the Opening Ceremonies.

Elle Cavanaugh, Contributing Writer

Last weekend, ten Hingham High students, Ms. Black, and Mr. Campbell attended the B.C. Eagle Model United Nations Conference (Eagle MUN) at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

The conference began on Friday evening with the Opening Ceremonies, which included a speech from Guest Speaker Mr. Bruno Donat, Chief of the Geneva office of the United Nations Mine Action Service. Eagle MUN was sophomore Liz Schembri’s first experience with Model UN, and she shared, “I loved hearing from the guest speaker! It was really interesting to learn about what working for the UN is really like.”

The rest of the weekend included five committee sessions. At the committee sessions, Hingham delegates took on different roles as historical figures or countries. Because delegates represent a person or country, a lot of times they advocate for issues and perspectives that do not necessarily align with their own beliefs. 

Schembri represented Portugal at the World Health Organization General Assembly committee. At her committee sessions, Schembri discussed how to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease. 

While Schembri and others represented countries, I represented a real historical figure. As Representative Burr P. Harrison, a Democrat from Virginia circa 1945, I worked in the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) amidst the Second Red Scare to tackle another “virus,”–as many referred to the ideology in my historical committee–the spread of communism!

Senior Co-Captain Jade Weggeman had already attended a conference, but due to the COVID-19, had never experienced the in-person action. She commented, “I participated in HMUN my junior year virtually, which was a super fun experience, and I got to learn a lot about Model UN, but going to a conference in-person gave me a better feel for how MUN operates, and I loved meeting new people and learning with people I already knew.”

Schembri agreed, “I had so much fun! It was really cool meeting so many other people from other schools and getting to try something new.”

Check out the photos to gain a better understanding of what Model UN is like! And, if you’re interested in joining the team, contact our advisor, Ms. Black (kblack@hinghamschools.org) for more information!